IN THE NEWS: MSDA Runners Rolled Up 9-2 Record
Published in The Progress
Nov. 28, 2018
CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic Academy cross country team had a successful fall season.
The Lions finished the regular season with a 9-2 record and in third place in the Super Essex Conference Liberty Division standings.
“We had a strong season this fall led by a solid group of upperclassmen,” said head coach Richard O’Connor.
The Lions also placed third at the SEC Liberty Division Championships, held Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Branch Brook Park in Newark.
“We were led by senior Bridget Murphy ’19, who finished in fourth place overall, earning first team all-conference,” O’Connor said. “Joining her on first team was junior Sophia Amelung ’20. Junior Aly Greenberg ’20 captured a spot on second team all-conference, while senior Emily Sartori ’19 and junior Gabby Caputo ’20 were selected as honorable mention all-conference.”
The Lions finished in ninth place overall and second place among Liberty Division teams at the Essex County Championships on Friday, Oct. 26, at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield.
“We had another solid showing at the Essex County Championships,” O’Connor said. “We were led by Bridget Murphy, who was our top finisher in 28th place with a personal-best time of 21:05. All seven of our varsity competitors ran season bests, while five of the seven ran lifetime personal bests on the day.”
Murphy led the Lions at the NJCTC Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Greystone-Central Park in Morris Plains and at the Non-Public A Championships on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Holmdel Park in Holmdel.
“Bridget was our top finisher at every meet this season,” O’Connor said. “She had a very strong summer training and turned that into a very successful senior season of cross country. Her top finish of the season was fourth place at the SEC Liberty Division Championships (22:23).”
Sartori and senior Faith Waldron ’19 also finished their cross country careers.
“Emily was a four-year varsity runner and a consistent top-five finisher,” O’Connor said. “She returned from injury this season to provide us with tremendous leadership and led by example out on the course. She earned honorable mention all-conference for a top 25 finish at the Liberty Division Championships. Faith was a two-year varsity athlete and a consistent top-seven finisher for our team who provided great leadership throughout the season. She had her best race at the Essex County Championships where she ran a season-best time.”
Amelung and Greenberg also had solid seasons.
“Sophia was a new member of our varsity team who competed on JV last year,” O’Connor said. “She turned a really solid summer training into her most successful fall season so far. Her top finish of the season was a top 10 finish at the SEC Liberty Division Championships that earned her first team all-conference. After being set back by injuries last fall, Aly Greenberg bounced back this year to have her best season yet. She competed in every race this season with her best finish coming at the SEC Liberty Division Championships where she finished 15th, earning second team all-conference.”
While the team will lose three seniors to graduation, O’Connor said this year’s juniors will lead next year’s team.
“We lose a solid trio of seniors, but we look forward to our current junior class stepping up to fill their shoes and lead our program into a bright future,” he said.