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Rams overcome more adversity

HOLMDEL _  Randolph's Margaret Thomson needed to make a super quick decision when she lost one of her spikes as she approached the bowl a mile into the Meet of Champions. Thomson had a few options: Stop and put the shoe back on, keep running or drop out of the race.

Rams' Lansing, Mt. Olive win

HOLMDEL _ Randolph's Liz Lansing didn't seem to care very much about her first-place finish in Group IV at the NJSIAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 16. Lansing seemed to be most glad that the Rams, second to West Windsor-Plainsboro South, earned a berth in the Meet of Champions. She was pleased, too, that teammate Carole Harsch, who sprained her right ankle at the sectional meet, was back on the course. 

Rams, MO, WM takes titles

WOODLAND PARK _ Alternating between limping and running, Randolph's Carole Harsch gutted it out and crossed the finish line at Garret Mountain. Harsch went a long way after injuring her ankle and stumbling a half mile into the North Jersey Section 1, Group IV race.

Barry shines; Rams are No. 1

PARSIPPANY _ Mendham's Mackenzie Barry etched her name in the Morris County Cross Country Championships record book then, as she described it, "disappeared." Barry, who traversed the Greystone Park course in 17:55.3 on Tuesday, Oct. 29 to become only the second female runner to claim three county titles, simply kept running. She took a victory lap, running another loop for her cooldown to savor her success here.

Reilly, Barry rule at NJAC

PARSIPPANY _ Morristown-Beard's Micaela Reilly was leaving her AP stats class when the sky darkened and light rain began to fall. Reilly had been thinking about her strategy for the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships all morning. The precipitation, if it continued, would affect her plans.

Big night for WM's Sharkey

RANDOLPH _ When competing in equestrian events, Brennan Sharkey puts a great deal of confidence and trust in her horse. On cross country courses, West Morris' Sharkey has to go it alone.

Disanza first at Meet of Champions

HOLMDEL _ During the summer of 2010, High Point's Sarah Disanza had a major decision to make. Stick with soccer, the sport she had played since the age of 6, or pursue running after a freshman spring track season that saw her break a school record in the mile.

Barry, Richter are golden

PARSIPPANY _ While other high school athletes were involuntarily sidelined by Superstorm Sandy, cross country runners adhered to their routines. Mountain Lakes' Colette Richter ran the day the storm struck and was back at it again the day after. She termed her first run through her town after the storm "a mini adventure."

Barry, Richter are golden

PARSIPPANY _ Mendham's Mackenzie Barry didn't consider herself ill when she came in second at the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Large Schools Race. It was a shocker when Barry, the favorite, came in more than 14 seconds behind High Point's Sarah Disanza. Barry said she felt like she'd "pass out and throw up at the same time."

Disanza, Curham post upsets

PARSIPPANY _ High Point's Sarah Disanza could hear Mackenzie Barry's spikes. Disanza also could hear the Mendham standout breathing, seemingly inches behind her. At that point, though, Disanza couldn't see Barry. That's because she passed her with 600 meters to go in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Large Schools Race held on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Central Park.