By Abeer Naeem ’17
In the interest of full disclosure, Abeer Naeem ’17 is on the track team.
Girls from the cross country team sang the school anthem loud and proud as they raised their second place trophy in the air. Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity girls placed second in the Brooklyn Championships proving to other teams that they are serious competitors.
Teams from all over Brooklyn were present at the race to represent their schools. The atmosphere was filled with anticipation and nerves as the teams stretched and warmed up before the long, arduous 5K run. However, the Lady Hornets remained confident as they knew that all the tough practices they had endured would help them immensely.
“We vigorously practiced four times a week after school to make sure we would not be thrown off by the course at Van Cortlandt,” said Arianah Denoon ’16.
Van Cortlandt Park consists of a difficult course which starts off with “flats”, a grassy plain field that leads into the “cowpath”. The “cowpath” is a narrow trail that has minimal space requiring girls to speed up and not fall behind in order to avoid being stuck in the back. They then head into the back hills; steep hills containing wood pickets which is often said to be the most brutal part of the course. However, the Lady Hornets pushed to the front of the pack in order to bring the title home.
Their diligence and practice was rewarded as the girls were crowned the second best team in all of Brooklyn. As multiple girls placed in the top 20 for each race, both coaches, Mr. Walter Cohen and Mr. Harry Singer were extremely proud of their team’s hard work.
“The girls worked hard and achieved their personal best times,” said Cohen. “This confirms that we are one of the best teams.”
Jessica Zamor ’17 said, “I am happy my team ended this season on a good note since many of us dread the tough cross country course.”
With well over fifty members, many girls won medals. Isabel Leonardrose ’17, the top scorer for the team, was proud of everyone, including herself.
“I wish I would have gone out faster, but I am satisfied with my improvement thus far,” said Leonardrose. “But next time I will put all my energy into the race.”
Amongst Leonardrose, multiple freshmen proved to be an asset to the team by scoring in the top of their division. Madeline Paterna ’19 and Olivia Foote ’19 had the privilege to run in the varsity race as freshmen and outshined many girls.
“The course was very difficult to run but I am proud to represent Midwood,” said Foote.
The Lady Hornets hope to keep this momentum in the indoor season and will continue to practice with persistence as it approaches. The coaches remain optimistic and plan on working the girls even harder during practices.
“I will always want them to do better,” said Cohen with a laugh. “I am a perfectionist.”
The girls’ track team are in good hands and will no doubt rise to the top during the indoor season.