Cross country teams succeed in long run


Cross country coach, Rob Torres, predicts the women’s cross country team’s future.

Even though the team came in sixth at championships, down from last year’s first-place finish, his prediction became reality.

The women’s cross country team finished their season with an 8-3 record.  Seniors Elizabeth Tauber, Sara Stifler, and Megan Langrehr and juniors Taylor Battaglia and Kayla Stoots were the top runners on the team.

Torres is pleased with the season overall. “As a whole, I always feel like we could do better, no matter how successful a season was. There are some on the team who give everything they’ve got from the time we start training in June until the season ends. Then there are others who do just enough to get by…if we could have avoided some injuries and other health issues, we could have been more successful,” Torres said.


Starting off the season with a 2-4 record, most people would start losing hope for the men’s cross country team, but not Coach Mike Monaghan.

“We have three league meets left which we should win, so, by the end of the season we’ll hopefully be 5 and 4,” Monaghan said halfway through their season.

The boys’ cross country team finished their season, and achieved their goal, with a winning 5-4 record. They lost only to Archbishop Curley, Loyola, Calvert Hall, and Gilman.

The seven top runners on the team included senior Joey Hoff and juniors Ben Pickett, Dominic Mezzanotte, and Andrew Ellis.

After the season, Monaghan is still looking at the bright side of things, even though the team didn’t place well at the championships. “We had a good year during our dual-meet season… and had our best showing ever at the prestigious ‘Bull Run Invitational’ at Hereford High, placing second in the small school division… Unfortunately, at the MIAA championship we had an injury to one of our best runners and flat performances from most of our other athletes. I feel we could have done better, but there’s no going back,” Monaghan said.

Amanda Graziano can be reached for comment at [email protected].