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Cross Country

Continuing a fine tradition

PARSIPPANY _ Three-a-week captains' practices haven't been popular among Mendham freshmen in recent years. One, maybe two, incoming ninth graders would show up for the cross country workouts which typically begin in July.

Mennonna makes another memory

PARSIPPANY _ Ally Schlosser's 2013 cross country season was short - way too short - for someone who likes to go the distance. Parsippany's Schlosser ran in three races last fall before being sidelined with a stress fracture in her femur.

Castaneda moves into spotlight

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ The Water Warrior 5K held on Saturday, Aug. 30 was a laid-back event, an opportunity to raise funds for a worthwhile cause. West Morris High School junior Sierra Castaneda went into the race, which boasted 700-plus runners and walkers who traversed the streets of Morristown, with a light heart. She viewed it as a warmup for the upcoming cross country season and a chance to be with her teammates and coach Jay Herrigel.

Event celebrates female athletes

RANDOLPH _ The Christian and Schafer families have been neighbors for two-plus decades, living only two houses apart in Flanders. Over time, their daughters became close friends. By the fall of 2013, the relationship had become even deeper.

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.