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Martlets Place 5th at RMI

This weekend Westminster hosted the 16th Annual Richard Miller Invitational. Although the day started out a bit wet, the rain held off and all three races were able to take place in ideal running conditions (dry, a bit cool, but not yet bitter cold). The girls’ squad toed the line in a combined varsity and JV girls’ race, competing against 8 other teams in a field of 65 competitors. Right out of the gates Saskia Mattiko ‘23 placed herself within the first third of the field, and settled into a comfortably hard pace in the very flat first mile of the course. As she and the other Martlets entered the woods in the second mile, many of the girls did so together. Catie McGuigan ‘23, Hayden Schneider ‘25, and Simone Routledge ‘23 were close behind in a tight pack. Emma Mason ‘23 and Madison Khuu ‘24 headed into the second half of the course running nearly stride-for-stride. Ava O’Connell ‘26 and Jen Weber ‘26 ran in-stride for the entirety of the course for their first home race ever, finishing within two seconds of one another. Sophie Grace Stephenson ‘24 also completed her first XC race ever, finishing just a short distance behind Ava and Jen. Mattiko finished 15th overall in a season PR (25:23). She was followed by McGuigan, Mason, Schneider, and Routledge, who finished within 0:31 of one another. One strength of the girls’ team is their capacity to run as a pack, and this was evident in their finishing times. A measure of the strength of a team is to examine their “spread”––the time between the first and fifth finishers; the Westminster girls boasted an impressive 0:54 spread overall. The Martlets finished 5th overall with 108 points, just one point behind Kent school. We look forward to competing against Williston Northampton and Kingswood-Oxford at Williston next week.

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