Congratulations to our Wildcat girls cross country team for winning the NCISAA State Championship title! The Wildcats dominated the girls team battle placing 2-3-5-6 and 7. The team has won three consecutive state championships under coaches Mark Driscoll and Brian Rannie. The Wildcats have won 12 overall championships and have runners competing at the collegiate level.
Individually, senior Ralene Kwiatkowski was the state runner-up (18 minutes, 39 seconds) and freshman Olivia Sutter (18:42) came in third despite falling early in the 5-kilometer race.
"We've all been training super-hard and this is the race we were all focusing on," Kwiatkowski said. "Everyone has been working together all season, training hard and pushing together."
“We were super confident going in, so we worked together as a team and finished strong,” Sutter said.
Freshman Ella Dockendorf (19:33) was fifth, junior Kathleen Norton (20:07) was sixth and seventh-grader Hovendon (20:08) was seventh. They were the scoring runners for the Wildcats. Junior Maleeah Langstaff finished 15th in 20:36 and sophomore Ellen Weaver finished 24th in 21:20.
The Carolina Day girls were also the Carolinas Athletic Association champions. The Wildcats are now ranked sixth in the state by NCRunners.com, including all NC schools, public and private.
An all-school celebration was held in the team’s honor at Carolina Day to recognize their accomplishment. Students made banners, chanted cheers, and celebrated our talented Wildcat student-athletes.
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