Just One Loss in Stellar Season for Girl’s Cross Country

Just One Loss in Stellar Season for Girl’s Cross Country

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The girl’s cross country team lost just once in what was a stellar fall 2016 campaign for the Pirates. Here is our season review.

Cinnaminson opened the season at the Cherokee Challenge, which the Pirates used to get newer girls experience on a course.

“The biggest contributor to our success was our depth,” first-year head coach Tim Callinan said.

“We had a great number one in Madison Edwards, and Haley Adams fought her way back to get into some races, but our 3-6/7 pack was consistent, and the gap between them was down to three seconds at sectionals. The key for next year though is making that whole pack faster.”

The team’s first batch meet of the season was held at BCIT and featured Delran, BCIT, New Egypt, Maple Shade and Pemberton.

The Pirates went 5-0 to open the batch meet season en route to a 14-1 overall mark, an undefeated record in the division, and a Patriot Division title.

Cinnaminson’s lone loss of the year came against Moorestown.

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On October 19 the Pirates won the Patriot crown at the BCSL Meet hosted by New Egypt.

“They see that they are capable of working hard and how hard you need to work to reach the next level,” Callinan said.

“It’s a benefit to know what the work will look like next year. After having had a season together they know the routines and everything going on it will make it easier to implement them next year.”

At the Group 2 sectional race the team came in 4th place.

“Sectionals was our best race,” Callinan said. “Madison ran very well for herself, Haley battled through injury and then the gap from our 3rd to 6th runner was 2 seconds.”

At the Group 2 state race the team finished 18th, but Callinan saw quite a bit of improvement throughout the season.

“Grace Kroll came in as a first year runner and dropped from 28 minutes to 22 minutes by the end and was in our top 7. She was a big surprise and a great addition.”

“Colleen Martens went from 30 minutes to 24 minutes. She was the most consistent in work ethic and attitude from July on and fell in love with the sport. She is someone the girls admire for her how hard she has worked and it’ll be exciting to see what she does in the future. Senior Alex Kaiser missed most of the summer training with a concussion. She progressed slowly the first half of the season. She was initially not in our top 7 but the position opened up and she took full advantage of the opportunity. She dropped over a minute on her Holmdel time at states and finished off her senior season in impressive fashion.”

Tomorrow we continue our season review series with a look back at the 2016 boy’s cross country season review.

Images sourced from @CinnXCandTF Twitter account.

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com