Foran’s Girls’ Cross-Country enters its second season branching off from the guys, and there have been many strides made since, literally. The team has experienced better overall and individual places and stellar times. Our beloved AP Literature, English 2, and English 3 teacher Mrs. Ramsey, previously Ms. Worcester, took over the girls team for the 2013 season. On the growth of the team in comparison to last year, Coach Ramsey said,” The team hasn’t grown in size, but we have grown in quality. The girls on the team this year are hard workers and are dedicated to each other. We do have a stronger record this year, but I am more impressed with how close the teammates have become with one another.”
The team has welcomed new athletes, including juniors Erin Dillman, Madison Ganter, and Baleigh Toon, sophomores Kelly Kuryla and Allison Jezierny, and freshman Julia Harrington. These girls have established themselves to be tough athletes, getting better every day.
This year’s standout has been Lilly Striffler. After dealing with a season of injuries last season, she came back as a sophomore ready to go. She finished first at the Neubauer Invitational in Sheehan with a time of 23:16. Returning members of the team include seniors Priyanka Srivastava and Morgan Dotson, junior Sarah Barrett, and sophomores Hannah Poulot, Genevieve Jaser, and Ariel Magowan. All the girls have had much better times in comparison to last year, and only look to improve.“I would love to see every athlete drop time at least four times this year”, Coach Ramsey said on the improvement of the team. “I would be ecstatic if we end the season with a 75% of our match-ups in the win category, but it isn’t the end all be all. I am very happy to say that we’re on our way to both of those goals.”
The team is set to compete at the Winding Trails Invitational in Farmington on Saturday, September 27, and a meet at Milford’s own Eisenhower Park on Friday, October 3 against Platt Tech, Jonathan Law, West Haven, and Stratford. With an 8-3 record and prior experience competing against the other teams, we should be set to go!