Weekly Feature

2016-10-19 / Sports

Mt. St. Mary cross country defeats Nichols

The Mount St. Mary cross country team won a hard-fought race against Nichols Tuesday.

Nichols, which was ranked 17 in the state among Class D schools earlier in the season, has some excellent runners, but the Thunder would not be denied.

“The improved times since the last time at Como Park were amazing,” Mt. St. Mary coach Gary Duszynski said.

Liz Strott dropped 44 seconds to lead the team with a second-place finish. This was made even more impressive when considering she ran while struggling with a bad sore throat and not feeling well at all.

Grace Pearl dropped 1:30 to finish third.

“This kind of improvement is unheard of in a single season,” Duszynski said.

Celia Rahill, Meg DeMarco and Abbi O'Hara all had big time improvements that contributed to the win, but the real story in this one was Anna Hayes. She finished third for the Thunder while improving her time by a jaw-dropping 1:45, an impressive accomplishment. Over the last 100 yards of the race, she sprinted past three Nichols runners to seal the win. Parents and fans were screaming, other coaches stopped what they were doing, all to watch this amazing finish.

“It was all guts and determination, a beautiful finish for Anna and her teammates,” Duszynski said.

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