Tigers compete well, put forth strong effort despite loss

The Newtonite

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Freshman Isabella Reilly, sophomore Sophie Sokolov and senior Rosie Sokolov run at Cold Spring Park against Wellesley Wednesday.

by Gloria Li
Even though the Tigers lost 20 to 36 Wednesday, senior Allie Phillips, a captain with seniors Becca Trayner, Rosie Sokolov and Melissa Weikart, said she believes that “the race was good in that it helped many of the members who haven’t yet gotten the chance to run in this type of competition to see where they stand and personal records be made and broken.”
This was the first time this season that the Tigers ran a full 3.1 miles in a race.
Sophomore Evie Heffernan was second overall and first on the team with a time of 20:46.
Following Hefferman on the team was Trayner who came in sixth overall with 21:38.
Then, Junior Julia Schiantarelli made third on the team and eighth overall with 22:13, while Kaylee Spitaels came in ninth overall and fourth on the team with 22:16.
Phillips made a personal record coming in eleventh overall and placing fifth on the team with 22:25.
Although the Tigers graduated two top runners last year, they are still working their hardest, according Weikart.
She said, “I still believe that we have a deep selection of strong runners, although our weakness probably lies in the fact that we have a young team this year in comparison to last year.”
Weikart said, “It’s good that the home meet was later in the season, it helped us be in better shape.”
According to coach Brandon Mogayzel, the Tigers competed well against Wellesley, which is a very strong team this year.
“We weren’t surprised about this outcome based on their state ranking,” he said.
Mogayzel said, “For about half of the members, this was their first 5k run this year. Last Saturday some athletes ran the full distance for practice, but many had to take the SAT or had other family commitments, so they were unable to participate.”
The Tigers are used to running in all conditions including in fog, rain and even snow, Mogayzel said.
Despite running in the rain for practice yesterday, some athletes still slipped on the muddy grounds of Cold Spring Park at the race.
Fresham Liz Fan said, “I’ve only been here a few times so I wasn’t awfully familiar with the course, which was probably why I slipped a few times during the race.”