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Third Morris XC title for Rams' Loveys

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PARSIPPANY _ Julia Trethaway of West Morris knows the exact point when Randolph's Abby Loveys began seriously widening the gap.

"It was after the first mile. Abby went ahead there," said Trethaway, a junior.

After that, Loveys remained in Trethaway's sight most of the time but became smaller and smaller as she traversed the course at Central Park on the way to a record-shattering first-place finish at the Morris County Girls Cross Country Championship on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

It was exactly what Loveys, the senior who finished in a course and meet record time of 17:07.47, wanted. The title was the third consecutive one for Loveys, who ran a 17:26.98 to finish atop the field at the NJAC Large Schools Championship a week earlier.

"I was feeling really good," Loveys said. "The weather was fine. It's a perfect day. The course wasn't muddy so it was faster. I went out hard and wanted to see what I could do. We were going after the team title. We got second place but that's OK. It's tough to go on all cylinders all the time."

Loveys, however, seems to be able to consistently perform at a high level. Her victory puts her in an elite class. Only two other girls - Kristen Hall of West Morris and Mackenzie Barry of Mendham - have won three Morris County Championships.

"It's an honor," Loveys said. "Morris County has a lot of good runners every year. There's always great competition."

Loveys was the only girl to complete the race in under 18 minutes. Trethaway crossed the finish line in 18:01.03. Montville's Anna George was third in 18:46.74 and Laura Green of Mount Olive clocked a 18:46.74 for fourth.

Mendham, whose top finisher was Madison Orlins (fifth place, 18:52.04), claimed top team honors with a score of 71. Randolph was second with 95 points and was followed by Villa Walsh. Also contributing to the scoring for the Minutemen were Megan Timoney, Grace Vives, Shannon Timoney, Kaitlin Vazquez, Ava Augustine and Ava Curry.

Cheering on Loveys was a large contingent of family. Their presence, she said, was helpful.

"It was rewarding to have them here," she said. "Everyone on our team was cheering, too."

Trethaway, fourth in the Morris County Girls Cross Country Championship last fall, was a bit disappointed as she did not get the time she wanted but noted that it would motivate her for upcoming sectionals. She planned to go out hard as well.

"I'm not good at hanging on," Trethaway said. "I go off how I feel and I felt pretty good. I worked the uphills. I had to pace myself after Abby went out ahead. She was definitely in the distance for most of the race.The first mile is a gradual downhill so it's easy to glide. The second mile is an adrenalin rush.

"I love racing against Abby. She's tough to beat. It's never like I say 'I'll just let her go.' I push for as long as I can."

The sectionals are on Trethaway's mind now.

"I'm going to unleash there," she said. "My time was just not what I wanted. I'm already pumped, I can do so much better."



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