Pictured: Senior Annie Dephouse, eighth-grader Olivia Sutter, junior Ralene Kwiatkowski, sophomore Kathleen Norton, eighth-grader Annabelle Shutlz, eighth-grader Peyton Jenkins, senior Eliza Van Wye
The Carolina Day girls cross country team won the NCISAA 2A Cross Country State Championship meet in Charlotte on October 30, 2015. Junior Ralene Kwiatkowski covered the 3.1-mile course at McAlpine Greenway Park in a season-best time of 18 minutes, 31.30 seconds for her second state cross country championship in three years. Kwiatkowski won her first state title as a freshman. Kwiatkowski's 18:31 was the best time of the weekend on the course, including the two NCHSAA regionals held the next day. Joining Kwiatkowski for All-State honors were Carolina Day eighth-grader Olivia Sutter (third, 19:03.20) and sophomore Kathleen Norton (ninth place, 20:09.60). Other scoring runners for the Wildcats were eighth-grader Annabelle Schultz (20th, 21:11.60) and senior Annie Dephouse (56th, 22:52.80).
“Coach Brian Rannie and I have been lucky to work with this talented group of young ladies who thrive off of collective success,” said Mark Driscoll, Carolina Day School cross country coach and All-WNC Cross-Country Girls Coach of the Year. “Through long-term goal setting, focused training, and race-day grit, these young ladies were able put together their best team performance of the year at the meet that mattered the most.”
The Lady Wildcats' won the state title for the second year in a row, and added the eleventh NCISAA Championship title earned by the girls cross country program. The team took on the 2015-16 season with determination and a new-found knowledge of their strengths.
“It’s more than fair to say that are accomplishments are consistent with our success in this sport over the last 20 years,” said Carolina Day School Athletic Director Steve Henry. “Great coaching, great competitive kids, great school yields student-athletes with a commitment to success and continuous improvement.”
The Carolina Day School boys cross country team also finished strong by earning the ninth spot in the NCISAA Championships.
For more information about Carolina Day School, its pre-kindergarten through twelve independent day school program, call 828-274-0757 or visit carolinaday.org.
Congratulations to our Wildcat athletes!