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Girls’ Cross Country Wins MAPL Championship

By Zoha Khan ‘22

On Wednesday, Lawrenceville’s girls’ cross country team swept the top four spots to win the MAPL championship at the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa.. Nishka Malik ‘24 placed first (20.39.40), just ahead of Elizabeth Parnell ‘23 (20.46.75), Allison Haworth ‘22 (21.04.08), and Megan Kumar ‘24 (21.20.28). Big Red Sports Reporter Zoha Khan caught up with team captain Haworth to learn more.

Zoha Khan: What particularly went well for the girls’ cross country team at today’s meet?

Allison Haworth: In both the varsity and futures race, despite Hill's challenging course, our team kept a positive attitude, persevered over the hills, and worked together to pass the competition.

ZK: What do you think ultimately allowed Lawrenceville girls to secure the top four positions?

AH: Our entire team is a really hard-working group of girls, and we've been training all season as we work toward the goal of improving our times and our race strategies. Our top five girls run almost every training run together, and it has helped us learn how to work together in races, too. We tend to run most of our races in a pack, encouraging and pushing one another even when we get tired. Today we did just that, helping us pull away from the competition from the start of the race and never look back. 

ZK: Do you have any highlights from today’s meet?

AH: To a runner in the middle of a race, it always means a lot to hear your coaches and teammates cheering you on. Today, even though some of our team members were not able to race due to injuries, I know their cheering and encouragement meant a lot to all of our runners, especially while climbing the toughest hills on the course.

For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.