Girls Cross Country Builds Momentum
For the girls varsity cross country team it’s been a pleasant rebuilding year, pleasant because Coach Nicole Dewey watched junior Julie Merryman recruit a pack of new runners to the team and then guided those runners to increasingly lower times.
“The girls team has finished in the middle to bottom of the pack in all of the races but the girls improve their times every race and some have even dropped five minutes from the start of the season,” Dewey says, adding that the goal for the TCIS final is to beat Norfolk Academy, something she thinks can happen. “Last year, there were only four girls on the team (not even enough to score) and now we have 13. Most of the runners are new to the sport and learn a little bit each race.”
Senior Aisli McFarland has been a leader all year, at the front of the pack. Merryman set the tone with her work ethic until she was sidelined with a stress fracture. Sophomore Georgia Drinkwalter, new to the team, has emerged as a force, setting a team standard of 22:48 in a recent meet at Norfolk Academy. “I am excited to see where she will end the season since she has been improving so dramatically all year, ” Dewey says.
Dewey thinks the team has a chance to run their race of the season at TCIS and surprise with a finish that will give the program momentum going into the future.