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The start of the girls 2008 cross country season looked as though it would be as good as the previous year. The 2007 season was a perfect season for the team where they won the 34 meets with five or six teams, in each competition along with the big meet of the season, which was the Carnival meet. The Carnival meet brings together the 43 middle schools from Nassau County with cross-country teams. The team of 2008 had the good fortune of having five girls from last year's wonderful season. The returning members were Allegra Maldonado, Ashley Pollack, Krista Ryon, Gisella Snailer, and Nicole Ziv. With the five, and the new members who were Nicole Boyd, Trudy Grussinger, Tara Joyce, Natalie Ledwitz, Dian Lin, Bridget McDonnell, Minah Kim, Bridget Moody, and Ana Ruzic the season looked as though it would be a good one. The team started with high hopes of repeating the same results of the 2007 team. The first week Gisella Snailer broke her foot and was out for the rest of the season. Gisella was a great loss because she won the Carnival meet against the county last year. She was a great help by helping at meets. Halfway through the season when the competition started, Krista Ryon was forced to stop because of sickness, which kept her out for the rest of the season. The third person that had to leave was Natalie Ledwitz, who showed a lot of talent during the first three meets, when she placed second in four of the competitions. The team was helped with the hard work and talent of the new members with the experience of the three veterans. Halfway through the competition season things were looking good. They had competed against 18 schools and finished first each time without a single loss. The first half of the competition season showed the strength of the team. Out of the 18 teams only three girls fell into the top seven places against Weber. That meant that the Weber team finished one through seven each time, but three times. The way the score is determined is that each runner is given a card with a number of her finish (first would receive a 1 on the card, second a 2, etc.). During the first 18 competitions only three girls broke into the top five of the Weber girls. The cards are given to the girls' coaches and the coach adds the numbers of the first five runners to finish for the team. The school with the lowest score is the winning team. The school with the next lowest score is the second, etc. With only three girls breaking into Weber's first five girls during 18 meets showed how strong the Weber team was. The three veterans were in the top five every time and the new girls were improving rapidly to finish in the top five of the team. Allegra Maldonado won 17 times and Ashley Pollack finished second 14 times. For the last three competitions Allegra won 11 more meets and Ashley was second five more times. Dian Lin, Nicole Ziv, Bridget Moody, and Nicole Boyd finished out of the top five runners by taking turns finishing.

During the twenty-first to thirtieths, the first five runners from Weber were first through fifth. The others in the top five were Natalie Ledwitz, Nicole Ziv, Bridget Moody and Diane Lin. Throughout the season Nicole Boyd, Ana Ruzic, Bridget McDonnell, Tara Joyce, Min Kim and Trudy Grussinger kept improving to give the team more depth. At the meet that shows where the schools stand in the county, the girls did very well. The meet is held at Great Neck South. Last year the team won the meet with Gisella Snailer finishing first. The team arrived early so that they could warm up properly. The boys ran first and won the competition, then the girls lined up across a long line of teams. The girls were asked to go off staying close to the leaders going around a large athletic field. It was easy to see the team because they had blue running suits with a bright white Port on the shirt. The first four girls were up in the top or they then went up a hill around a smaller field and disappeared into the woods behind the Great Neck South High and Middle Schools appearing back at the top of the large field, which they had to run around again. As the girls rounded the field it could be sure that the girls had moved up in places while they were out of sight during the two-mile run. Helping at the finish line Gisella was keeping track as the schools crossed the finish line by putting them down in order. Then after the race the score of the top schools could be figured out. The Weber girls finish were Alegra 4th, Ashley 5th, Diane 6th, Nicole Ziv 8th, Nicole Boyd 16th for a low score of 39. The rest of the team were Ana Rozic 40th, Bridget McDonnell 50th, and Tara Joyce 52nd. After figuring out where the other schools finished it was clear that Weber was an easy winner. The total season for the girls was an outstanding one. Yes, they had talent but they had to develop it through desire, determination, dedication and the willingness to put in the hard work it requires to perform their best which they all did, And once again congratulations.

This year's team produced one of the best teams for a Weber team and the school has had more than its share of the best middle school runners in the country. The girls also won the North Shore championship.


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