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Deerfield Earns Hardware at Pat Savage Invite

The Deerfield Girls Cross Country Team traveled to Niles West High School to compete in the Pat Savage Individual.  This meet is billed as one of the largest in the state and this year was no exception with almost 50 schools competing on the girls side.  The Warriors stood tall against the competition and came away with some hardware.

The frosh/soph team was first on the docket for the Deerfield Girls.  In this 3 mile race, Isabelle blazed out to a quick pace and looked strong throughout.  She helped set a competitve tone for the team.  Following Isabelle for most of the race was the Warriors exciting 4-pack of freshman:  Maya, Maria, Brooke, and Randi were all together through the first mile of the race and near the front of the pack.  The entire team ran strong and held their positions well throughout the race.  Ultimately, Maya was our first finisher with only a mere 8 seconds between her, Isabelle, and Maria.  This race separates the teams by class, so in the 2A competition those 3 finished 4th, 5th and 6th.  Brooke and Randi rounded out the scoring in 13th and 15th.  When the final scores were tabulated, Deerfield finished 2nd out of 11 2A teams, a mere 2 points behind the winners.  Including the 3A teams, Deerfield finished 4th out of 39.

The Varsity team followed an hour later and had to run a tough race.  Placed in box 1 meant being all the way on the edge heading into a very croweded first turn.  There was jostling and pushing to try and gain position, without a lot of clear room to run until after the first 800 meters.  It's hard to keep your composure in these types of races, but Annie proved to be up to the task.  She ran strong throughout and ended up as our top finisher, placing 31st overall.  Madeline did a great job of catching back up to Annie.  After running side by side for the first mile, Madeline fell off the pace a little but was able to find some strength and get to the chute two places and two seconds behind.  Caroline helped solidfy that pack as our top trio finished within 12 seconds of each other.  As one of our most height-challenged runners, these crowded races could be extra challenging, but Caroline was up to the task and not to be pushed around.  Bekah was battling some leg soreness but came in as our 4th runner and Hannah completed our scoring.  As a team, Deerfield finished 7th out of 42 teams; a mere 2 points away from the top 5.