ROSELLE, NJ - Hermes was a Greek god that had wings on his feet.
Running in the rain at the Union County Championships on October 29, the Summit Girls JV and Varsity Cross Country Teams delivered Hermes-like perfoermances, with the JV claiming the crown and the Varsity finishing in second place.
The title is Summit's first County Championship since 2012.
The Lady Hilltopper JV squad placed seven runners in the top 10 out of 114 runners at Warinanco Park. Summit was led by senior Stephanie Eliseo's second-place finish, followed closely behind by junior Gwynn Gallagher who placed third. They were followed by freshman Katelyn Marin (fourth) and Nora Shields (fifth), sophomore Jessica Luo (sixth), freshman Maya Hybl (ninth) and Katie Seymour (10th). The team's top five averaged 21:45 on the 3.19 mile course.
The JV, with 20 points, easily outdistaned Union Catholic (59 points) and Westfield (61 points).
"I'm so proud of these girls who have been racing so well all year, and to beat two of the best programs in the state was tremendous. They ran with a purpose and determination that has been contagious among the entire team all season," said Summit Head Coach Dave Field.
The Varsity's great showing marked the best finish for Summit in seven years, finishing with a top five average of 20:02 -- the second-best team average in school history behind the 2012 team, which averaged 19:59.
Sophomore Lara Cota's personal best-time of 19:44 led Summit with a sixth-place finish, followed closely behind by senior captain Meghan Kelly, who also ran a personal best of 19:54. Juniors Caroline Moy (13th) and Katya Wardle (15th), freshmen Jane Freeman (17th) and Caroline McCann (23rd) and senior Sofia Monserrat (26th) rounded out the 'Summit Seven'.
"This team did an incredible job today by sticking to our pre-race strategy and putting together a tight pack of runners, with a difference of 35 seconds between our first and fifth runners," said Field.