The Cougars finished off September on a high note with two strong performances in the last week of the month, one at the New Balance XC Invitational in Rhode Island and the other at a league meet at Cunningham Park in Milton against Fontbonne and Marshfield.
At the New Balance Invitational, the freshmen runners, racing on the 1.8-mile course, placed second overall. Three of the freshmen -- Kelsey Whitaker, Sarah Brennan and Jessica Bouzan -- placed in the top 25. The varsity and JV runners also competed well, placing 11th out of 36 teams, and eighth out of 20 teams, respectively.
The following Tuesday, NDA traveled to Milton to race against Fontbonne and Marshfield. In past years, Marshfield has typically come away victorious in meets against Notre Dame, but this year started out different. The Cougars outraced Marshfield in the first meeting between the two teams this season and were looking to continue their winning ways at Cunningham Park.
The 3K race took place first. Notre Dame runners continued to achieve their personal bests, with 11 runners recorded personal records for the race, some by almost two minutes.
The varsity runners then got their chance at the course. Corrina Lucini and Brittney Potter from Fontbonne stayed in the lead the whole race, with Britney eventually beating out Corrina by eight seconds. Sophie Love placed third, followed by two Marshfield runners and senior NDA captain Adrienne Lohe. Marshfield’s third finisher and three more NDA runners rounded out the top 10 overall finishers.
The varsity runners really held their own on the course, with Adrienne and freshman Sarah Brennan recording 5K personal bests. In addition, 12 runners recorded times that placed them on the all-time best list for NDA runners at Cunningham Park.
NDA added two wins to our record, beating Fontbonne, 20-43, and besting Marshfield, 23-36.
The Cougars are continuing to work hard every day at practice, in hopes of a strong showing at the Division 2 championship in November.
Up next for NDA is the Bay State Invitational at Franklin Park on Oct. 4. Our team is looking to start the month on the right foot, hoping our fantastic September performances will carry over into October.