Carmel runs to Big Red girls title
By DANIEL KIERNAN
THE JOURNAL NEWS
0 High School Sports
SOMERS 2 Carmel girls cross country seems to be alive and well.
The team got off to a good start behind the one-two finish of Kristin Reese and Catherine DeSarle in the Big Red Invitational at Somers High School.
Reese finished in 20:46.86 and DeSarle in 21:16.59, just ahead of Ward-Melville's Suejin Ahn and Arlington's Riti Dhillon.
Arlington and Ward-Melville placed second and third, respectively.
Carmel coach Eric Schwark mentioned Ward-Melville in particular as a state opponent the Rams were looking forward to competing against.
Schwark said a key loss from last year's squad made the Rams look more vulnerable than they really are and this meet helps them regain some credibility.
"We knew the team we had coming in, but on paper we lost Lindsay Southard," Schwark said. "That hurt us a lot. Now I think this asserts us in the state."
The conditions of the trails at Somers were a concern after two days of rain. Several girls came across the finish line carrying an inordinate amount of mud.
"We put them in half-inch spikes and told them to be careful," Schwark said. "We ran the course beforehand and understood where the muddy parts were."
Croton-Harmon showed up at 9 a.m. to get acquainted with the course, which helped Division II first-place finisher Sophia Spring.
"Sophia needs to know the course before she runs it," coach Brett Bowden said, "because we hope that she's gonna be out front. We hope that she doesn't have the luxury of following other runners."
Spring finished in 21:57.49, nearly 30 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Dobbs Ferry, sporting a very young roster, won Division II, edging JFK and Somers.
"We weren't gonna have a modified team this year, so all the modified runners had to test up to be varsity runners," Dobbs Ferry coach J.P. Kaminski said. "So I've got two seventh-grade girls who are my third and fourth runners."