Girls XC Dominates ISL
by The Milton Measure on Friday, November 2nd, 2012
This year, Milton’s Cross Country team cleaned house at the ISL Championships. The girls’ team won the ISL, beating Nobles by a whopping eighty points. The boys team came in second place to Middlesex, with Caleb Warren (I) remarking, “It was outrageous fun.” Last weekend was a tremendous success for both teams.
Emily Bosworth (III) takes us back to the awards ceremony at Nobles, where the ISLs were held: “When the coach was announcing second place at the awards ceremony, my hands were shaking, and my heart was beating. I knew either nobles or we won, so I was praying to hear nobles was second. When he said nobles I couldn’t help but scream. We did it! I was proud, ecstatic.”
After coming in second last year to Nobles, the girls were more than happy to get their revenge. Maddie Warwick (II) believes that the team “won because of the four new members to the varsity team. Mary [Ellis] (II), Caroline [Ward] (IV), and Laura [Barkowski] (III) joined this year and then Victoria [White] (II) trained really hard over the summer to become one of our top runners.”
The team stuck together, and it lead to its first ISL win since 1983. “We had awesome packs of Milton girls who stuck together throughout the race,” said Mary Ellis. “I can imagine how intimidating the big pack of orange out in front was for the other teams.”
Caroline Ward agreed: “The race was great because of the tight Milton pack we had. It was so motivating to be able to see orange jerseys all around you. Teammates, coaches, and fans were all around the course, and did an awesome job cheering us on.”
Cross country is a sport people outside the cross country community know little about. Many wonder why cross-country is considered a team sport. The scoring is based on the placing of the top runners from each team. For Milton, these runners were Maddie Warwick, 6th place, Emily Bosworth, 14th place, Caroline Ward, 16th, Victoria White, 17th, Lindsay Atkeson (I), 18th, Laura Barkowski, 20th, and Mary Ellis, in 42nd. All seven placed in the top half of all varsity tournament runners.
“Winning the 2012 ISL Championships has been an amazing experience,” said Laura Barkowski. “After losing to Nobles early in our season – our only loss – everyone on the team stepped up so that we could come back strong and beat them at ISLs.”
To cap off Milton’s day, the Milton boys varsity team finished in second place in the ISL. Emily Bosworth remarked, “It feels so good to know that our whole team went out together and did everything we could to get the win. The varsity boys’ and JV girls’ second places make it even better too: we are the fastest school in the ISL!”
“Winning the ISL was really gratifying because Milton girls cross country has not won ISLs in over thirty years,” summed up Maddie Warwick. “Our team worked really hard this season in our workouts and our meets, so winning the ISL was a perfect ending to all of our hard work.”
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