Congratulations to Weber's girls cross country team for their outstanding season. They ended up with an undefeated season. The team produced 27 wins, no ties, and no loses. For Erica Carris, Weronika Gill, Alyssa Kurtz, and Sam Milhaven, it was their second undefeated season. The other members of the team were Megan Gaddis, Lizzy Platz, Amy Rimmer, and Kyra Schor. Kyra was number two runner on the team, but had to leave when breaking her foot.
Five or six teams compete at each cross-country meet. The first seven meets include schools from the North Shore of Long Island and the eighth meet is the Carnival which brings together all the middle school cross country teams of the county. During the first four meets, the teams run one and a half mile races on cross country courses made on the school's property. After the fourth meet, the distances of the races increase up to two miles.
The highlight of every cross-country season is the Carnival meet. However, for the past two years the competition has been canceled due to severe rain storms and winds. Both this past season and last year teams were disappointed because they felt they had a good team and they wanted to see how they would do against the rest of the county. Over the years the Weber cross-country teams have done well against the entire county at the Carnival meets.
Over the last four years, the girl's team has compiled a record of 117 wins, no ties, and one loss. For this year's Weber girls cross country team to end the season undefeated and keep up the Weber tradition, it took every team member's commitment and exceptionally hard work including practicing up to six days per week. When the season started, the members were told that the first five members of the teams to cross the finish line were the ones who determined the score for the team. As the runners cross the finish line, they are given a card with a number on it; the first runner received a card with a number 1, the second girl a number 2, etc. The coaches collect the cards and add up the numbers of the first five members of every team. The team with the lowest number of points wins. The fifth and sixth runners on a team can boost the score of the team by finishing ahead of members of the other teams forcing the other teams to finish with higher scores.
There were two meets where Weber had only five girls running and therefore all five had to cross the finish line to have a total team score. The Weber girls rose to the challenge and completed with victory. It was not an easy task because each time they competed there were 48 to 89 runners on the starting line. At the fourth meet, the five members finished with Erica Carris first, Weronica Gil second, Sam Milhaven third, Lizzy Platz 5th and Amy Rimmer Sixth. The team only let one runner from another team squeeze into fourth. This gave the team 16 points just one point higher than a perfect score.
The second race where only five girls competed was the last home race. Weronica Gil was first, Sam Milhaven third, Amy Rimmer sixth, Alyssa Kurtz eighth and Lizzy Platz ninth giving the team 27 points and giving the team five more wins and an undefeated season.
Another meet against Cold Spring Harbor, Locust Valley, Hicksville, North Shore and Jericho, the Weber girls only let one runner break into the top six positions. The finishers for Weber were Erica Carris in first, Kyra Schor in third, Weronika Gil in fourth, Sam Milhaven in fifth, and Megan Gaddis in sixth. In all but one race, the fifth place Weber runner was no further back than ninth place out of at least 48 runners. This was a good indication of the strength of the team.
During the season, each and every member of the team worked hard because they knew that each was important to the team. They proved this by their outstanding season. Congratulations to each and every member of the cross-country team.