The girls’ cross country team is having a solid run this season. Starting off with a win against Lawrence Academy, the 28-member team are about even with their wins vs. losses. Ellie Mraz (III) is a standout this season, undefeated in all her races. Ellie says the highlight of her day is practicing after school with both the girls’ and boys’ teams.
“There is a great group of new freshman on both teams and it is amazing to see everyone get stronger as the weeks go by,” says Ellie. “The girls’ captains are doing a great job and bring so much fun and energy to the team. My personal goals for this year are to break the Milton XC girls course record of 19:36, to place in the top five in the ISL Championships, and to place in the top 12 in the New England Championships. I used to get extremely nervous before races, but this year I have made it my goal to stay calm and to just enjoy the sport. Running is challenging physically and also mentally.”
Coach Scott Huntoon has coached the girls’ team since 2002 and says this year’s team is a young team, so he is looking forward to the next couple of years to see what they can do. On Mondays, he heads out with the girls for their long runs. Tuesdays and Thursdays are sprint or interval workout days and Wednesday and Friday days are lighter days for recovery. There are two more Saturday home meets in Cunningham Park before the ISLs and New England’s: October 20 at 1:20 p.m. and October 27 at 4:30 p.m. Swing by and cheer them on!