SUMMIT, NJ - With one meet win already safely tucked away, the Summit High School Girls Varsity Cross Country Team has begun their 2019 season in style.
Helmed by longtime coach Dave Field and equipped with this season's call to action of 'Go the Distance', the girls from the 07901 did just that at the Cherokee Challenge. Competing grade-by-grade with 75 schools across New Jersey, the Hilltoppers displayed talent, depth and grit to bring home the Girls Team Championship.
Jane Freeman took second place among more than 200 freshman runners, while her classmates Nora Shields and Caroline McCann also finished in the top 25. Sophomore Lara Cota locked in second place among sophomores, while juniors Caroline Moy and Katya Wardle both placed in the top 10 for their grade. Team co-captain Meghan Kelly placed ninth among 250 senior runners, with her teammates Sofia Monserrat (co-captain), Stephanie Eliseo (co-captain), and Jane Wagner also finishing in the top 50.
The Cherokee win -- the first time Summit has won the meet -- may be a sign of the times to come for the Maroon and White, as Coach Field's 33-strong roster is filled with equal amounts of leadership, toughness, competitiveness and talent. A key is the seniors desire, according to Field, to "pay it forward," with the coach noting that, "The seniors and upper class members of the take care of the younger team members. We have a 'big sister / little sister' component that works really well in that regard."
2019 Summit High School Girls Cross Country Team
Delaney Driscoll, freshman
Jane Freeman, freshman
Sophia Fu, freshman
Maya Hybl, freshman
Maria Knipe, freshman
Katie Marin, freshman
Caroline McCann, freshman
Nicole McDermott, freshman
Cate Meany, freshman
Emily Perrone, freshman
Katie Seymour, freshman
Nora Shields, freshman
Berlin Babcock, sophomore
Victoria Burgdorff, sophomore
Mary Caffrey, sophomore
Lara Cota, sophomore
Anya Feeney, sophomore
Giulia Guzzinati, sophomore
Gillian Heimple, sophomore -- Team Manager
Jessica Luo, sophomore
Gwyndolyn Gallagher, junior
Regan McCann, junior
Caroline Moy, junior
Katya Wardle, junior
Sara Yoo, junior
Amelia Yu, junior
Stephanie Eliseo, senior (C)
Meghan Kelly, senior (C)
Sofia Monserrat, senior (C)
Emma Peterson, senior
Isabel Reyes, junior (C)
Jane Wagner, senior
Kiana Yip, senior
(C) - denotes team captain
Head Coach - Dave Field
2019 Summit High School Girls Cross Country Team Schedule
September 17 @ AL Johnson / Plainfield / Union Catholic - Oak Ridge Park - 4 p.m.
September 21 @ Magee Class Meet - Greystone Park - 9 a.m.
September 24 @ Roselle Catholic / New Providence / Union - Warinanco Park - 4 p.m.
September 28 @ Stewart Memorial Invitational - Greystone Park - 9 a.m.
October 2 @ Hillside / Governor Livingston / Kent Place - Warinanco Park - 4 p.m.
October 5 @ Shore Coaches Invitational - Holmdel Park - 9 a.m.
October 17 @ UCC Championship - Oak Ridge Park - 4 p.m.
October 29 @ UCIAC Championship - Warinanco Park - 4 p.m.
November 6 @ NJSIAAs - Thompson Park - Time TBD
November 9 @ NJSIAA Sectional Championships - Greystone Park - 10 a.m.
November 13 @ Viking Last Chance Meet - Oak Ridge Park - 3 p.m.
November 16 @NJSIAA Group Championships - Holmdel Park - 10 a.m.
November 23 @NJSIAA Meet of Champions - Holmdel Park - 9 a.m.