RANDOLPH, NJ- On Saturday Sept. 21 at Greystone, the Central Park of Morris County, the Randolph Girls 2019 Cross Country team competed in Class Races. In a typical meet, races are broken up by Freshmen, Junior Varsity and Varsity, but at the Class Meet on Saturday, the races were broken up by grade level. This gives athletes the chance to compete with others among their age, rather than their proficiency.

The event drew a whopping 80 teams and over 2,800 runners in total.

The 2019 Randolph girls’ team is densely upperclassmen. Three seniors, Amanda Houston, Avalina Michel and Meredith Finley earned the honor of Captains. The girls have led the team to this meet.

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“Competing in a cross-country race at a grade level is more beneficial because you get to explore your future and current competition,” said junior Susan Fucci.  “Running in a grade based race opens more opportunities to work your way up in the pack and see where you fall for future opportunities on race days.”

Fucci earned her spot as a medalist in Saturday’s event, while fellow junior Chloe Whiting placed 4th in the junior class race.

Maya Wilkins had an outstanding performance in the sophomore race, placing 4th overall. Top 40 finishers got medals, and sophomore Cassidy Takacs battled her way into the top 40 in the final turns of her race.

The depth of the Randolph Girls team shows promise for the future as the years pass. Unfortunately, there will be six graduating seniors and currently the team has only one freshman. This puts the girls at a deficit for the future, however that experience is something positive to look forward to in the upcoming championship season races later this Fall.

Editor's Note: Amanda Houston is a Senior at RHS.