Harris leads Greenwich girls cross country team to two wins
Published 1:36 pm, Wednesday, October 5, 2016
GREENWICH — Tuesday’s girls cross country meet at Greenwich Point perfectly illustrated how tight the competition is among the majority of the teams in a fast-running conference like the FCIAC.
Only several points separated Greenwich, New Canaan and Fairfield Warde, setting up what should be exciting conference and state meets in the coming weeks. As for Tuesday, the scores show how competitive the race was. Greenwich edged Warde, 26-29, beat Darien, 20-41 and was edged out by New Canaan, 26-29.
The Rams, who went undefeated on the day, also topped Warde, 27-28, and Darien, 19-42. Warde, meanwhile, posted a 19-42 win over the Blue Wave. Cardinals freshman Zoe Harris who placed first in last week’s race at Ridgefield, crossed the finish line first in 18 minutes, 22 seconds — one of the best times for a Greenwich freshman runner in recent memory.
Harris stepped up in the absence of the Cardinals’ top runner Emily Philippides, a junior, who is nursing an injured ankle. Hetty McMillan (junior) also one of the squad’s main competitors, felt sick and did not finish Tuesday’s race.
“I’m proud of Zoe Harris to put together a strong performance like that,” GHS coach Evan Dubin said. “She was rather dominant, which was nice to see. To see her take control of the varsity race like that was exciting to see.”
Said Harris: “It was incredibly hard, but I knew I had to push through it. I love this course. There’s only one big hill and I feel comfortable running on it.”
Greenwich is 10-2 on the season following Tuesday’s meet. Warde senior Gabi Galletta was the race’s runner-up in 18:31.
“It was definitely tough keeping up with the girl who finished first, but I’m pretty impressed with my time,” Galletta said. “This was my first time running on the course, so it was new to me. It was beautiful looking out at the water, but the sand was difficult. I’ve had some good races the past few weeks.”
“Our team has been pretty strong so far this year,” said Davis, a senior. “Our goal is to improve our ranking in the FCIAC. Last year we were eighth, so anything other than finishing eighth would be amazing. I’m very excited for the FCIAC race — I think we that is where we will be really strong.”
Davis enjoyed the challenge Greenwich Point offers.
“It is a little hillier than it looks and you run past the same places sometimes, so you think it’s over, but you’re not,” Davis said. “The course is really beautiful.”
Elaina Tiller was sixth for New Canaan (19:37), while Greenwich’s Genevieve DeWinter took seventh in 19:55.
“We’ve had a really successful season overall and today, we just wanted to get good time heading into our race next Tuesday — another home meet,” said DeWinter, a junior. “It was definitely a fast race today, but we all gave it our all. Everyone is working together to run faster. We’re hoping our team could be one of the top finishers in FCIACs and states.”
“In the beginning I was a little nervous, because the first few weeks of the season I was injured with runner’s knee,” said Yin, a sophomore. “When I got started, I was running at a medium pace, so I wasn’t too tired. My coach urged me to pick it up in the middle, so I got going.”
GREENWICH 26, WARDE 29; NEW CANAAN 26, GREENWICH 29; GREENWICH 20, DARIEN 41; NEW CANAAN 27, WARDE 28; NEW CANAAN 19, DARIEN 36; WARDE 19, DARIEN 42
AT GREENWICH POINT
1. Zoe Harris (G) 18:22; 2. Gabi Galletta (FW) 18:31; 3. Sarah Radiewicz (FW) 19:16; 4. Lauren Carlson (New Canaan) 19:20; 5. Drew Davis (New Canaan) 19:27; 6. Elaina Tiller (NC) (19:37); 7. Genevieve DeWinter (G) 19:55; 8. Isabelle Radziewicz (FW) 19:58; 9. Alexandra Barnard (D) 20:04; 10. Verna Yin (G) 20:17: 11. Emilia Callery (D) 20:20; 12. Kristen Lodato (G) 20:20; 13. Cali Brannan (NC) 20:40; 14. Leigh Charlton (NC) 20:42; 15. Catherine Yang (G) 20:45.