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Nov 14, 2017

Girls’ Cross Country Runners Garner Three Individual Titles at Bernie Magee Class Meet

By Les Pierce

Bernie Magee Class Meet champions (left to right): Michelle Coyotl, Kathleen Shay,and Madison Brand

The Middletown South girls’ cross country team traveled to Greystone Central Park in Morris Plains to test their abilities against out-of-area competition at the Bernie Magee Class Meet.  To declare the South runners passed the test would be an understatement, as three Eagles brought home individual championship titles.

A “class meet” provides separate races for freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior competitors. Madison Brand was victorious in the senior meet, negotiating the challenging course with a clocking of 18:36.10; more than 30 seconds ahead of the second place finisher Shelby Piccinic of Colonia, timed at 19:07.40. Following that pair were Lucy Jeff (Mendham – 19:28.60), Alexa Hirt (Morris Co. V/T – 20:49.20), and Shannon Addario (Middletown South – 21:10.10). This was Brand’s third major win of the season. She captured the Battle of Ocean County Senior Class title over a field of 131 on September 15 and took individual honors at the Shore Conference B North championships. She has committed to the University of Michigan.

Moments after the senior race was completed, the gun sounded for the junior race. South’s Kathleen Shay fought off a challenge by Kinga Niewiadomski of Bridgewater-Raritan and pulled away in the final 400 meters to claim the gold, breaking the tape at 19:35.90, eight seconds ahead of Niewiadomski (19:43.80). Giving chase to the leaders were Sarah DeVries (Jefferson Township – 19:47.90), Kate McAndrew (Morris Catholic – 20:25.90), Weeshamar Senatus (Hudson Catholic – 20:28.40), and Ryanne Mulligan (Middletown South – 20:36.00).

Middletown’s Michelle Coyotl provided the most dominant win of the day, pulling away early from the field of 93 runners and trotting over the finish line unchallenged with a 40-second advantage over the second place finisher, Emily Ward of Kittatinny. Coyotl and Ward were timed at 21:19.40 and 21:59.30, respectively.  Top finishers were Juliette Bianchi (DePaul Catholic – 22:13.70), Alexandra Maizys (DePaul Catholic – 22:18.50), and Katie Schuller (Leonia 22:30.60).

As to Middletown’s local dual meet performances, the Eagles have captured the B North Division championship again this year.  South has now strung together four years of undefeated seasons in divisional competition while taking the B North title the past two years and the A North title the two years prior. They are ranked number two in the Shore Conference by the Shore Coaches Association and eighth in the state by www.milesplit.com.