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This past Saturday, the York Girls Cross Country Team returned to Detweiller Park in Peoria to race in the Notre Dame Richard Spring Invitational. The varsity team was eyeing to improve from their ninth place finish last year, while the frosh/soph team was hoping to win two years in a row.

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Sarah May, junior, strides out ahead to pass her competition during the last 400 meters of the varsity race.

“Last year I ran a 17:53 for three miles at this meet and although I didn’t run that this year, I think I ran a pretty good race,” said junior top runner, Sarah May. “It was pretty hot and we weren’t really used to running in the heat.”

Despite the 90 degree heat, the girls ran incredibly strong, placing 6th at the varsity level out of 64 teams and 5th on the Frosh/Soph level.

“I think I ran pretty well for my first time at Detweiller Park,” said freshman Gia Stephan, who ran in the Frosh/Soph race on Saturday. “I ended up setting a personal record, so I am very pleased with my time.”

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Gia Stephan, freshman, strides to the front of the pack at the second mile during the Frosh/Soph race.

Stephan placed 9th in the Frosh/Soph race running a PR time of 19 minutes and 33 seconds, contributing to the team’s 5th place finish in the race.

The varsity competition was tough, but the York girls were tougher. Running on the state course this weekend was good preparation for the upcoming state meet, which is also held at Detweiller Park.

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The Frosh/Soph team huddles together before the start of their race at the Peoria Notre Dame Richard Spring Invite

“I was super excited to run at Detweiller Park, but I was more excited to be with my team,” said sophomore varsity runner, Emma Kern. “I just knew that no matter what happened in the race, it was all about getting the experience so that we can race the best we can at the state meet in November.”

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Sophmores Emma Kern (left) and Lydia Hickey (right) are all smiles after finishing their varsity race at Detweiller Park last Saturday.

The girls ran a very tough race and proved just how strong the York girls team is this year. They are preparing  to face solid competition this Saturday, September 23 at the Palatine Invitational and the upcoming conference meet on October 14th at Katherine Legge Memorial Park. Check back to thisisyork.org for more updates on the girls cross country team throughout their season!

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