Nov. 15, 2010: The cross country teams spend the summer and fall training, with the hopes that they will peak just in time for the big races at the end of the season. It is never easy for all of the runners to be in top form in November, but it all worked out for the Broncos this past weekend at the New York State Championships at Lakeside Park in Pawling. The girls' team won the Class C New York State Championship, and brothers Dayton and John Flannery earned All-State accolades at the Championships, finishing 9th and 19th respectively.
Freshman Mary Cain won the individual New York Cross Country Championship with a personal best time of 18:42. This is the first time a Bronxville girl has ever won the NYS Championship, and it is the first individual title for a girl from a Westchester County team. Sophomore Meredith Rizzo finished 2nd with a personal best time of 19:04, and freshman Courtney Campbell, senior Serena Saari and freshman Emilie Hoffer placed 11th, 16th and 18th respectively. Saari had a personal best time of 20:39.
It is the third consecutive title for the team, and the ninth time the Bronxville girls' cross country team has won a State Championship. The Bronxville team is the only girls' cross country team in Westchester ever to win States. Of all the teams in New York, Saratoga Springs has won the State Championship most often with 14 championships, while Bronxville is in second place with nine.
Entering the race, the Bronxville girls knew they had to be running their best to beat their upstate rival, Greenwich. Greenwich, ranked #1 by the New York Sportswriters Association, had won the Class D Championship last year, but was moved back up to Class C this season. The Broncos finished the race with a score of 48, edging out Greenwich by a mere three points.
The girls' cross country team has been strong the whole season. They won the Class C League Championship in October, and then went on to make history by sweeping the Westchester County Championships, winning the freshman, JV and varsity races. Without missing a beat, they had a convincing win last week at the Section 1 Championships, which qualified them for the State Competition.
Coach Jim Mitchell shared his thoughts about this race, which was the culmination of a spectacular cross country season.
"Cross country season begins in the heat of August with hopes and plans and ends in the coolness of November, sometimes with those plans realized to some degree, sometimes with those plans frustrated, but seldom, if ever, with those plans so surpassed as they were today by our Broncos. This was truly a remarkable day."