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After winning Preps and the Non-Public A Championships last year, among many other accomplishments, Big Blue returns one of its strongest teams in recent history, and looks to once again advance to the Meet of Champions.

Led by captains Josie Jahng '19, Margot Present '19, and Avery Didden '19, this season's team is seven seniors strong and looking to improve upon their winning record last year.

Big Blue Beat: Girls' Varsity Cross Country Team
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By Dean Koenig '21


Head Coach: Tim Grant

Last season's highlights:
In the fall of 2017, one of the most desired goals set by the Girls' Varsity Cross Country Team was to advance to the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. In order to make this meet, Pingry needed to finish in the top three at the Non-Public A Championships. After securing four team titles and two top-three performances at major meets throughout the season—including winning the Skyland Conference Valley Division and placing second at the Somerset County Championships—the team reached their goal: Nicole Vanasse '20 placed first in 18:45 and led the team to a third-place finish. At MOCs, she ran a PR of 18:23 to take third overall, one of the highest finishes ever by a Pingry female cross country runner at Meet of Champions.

 

Nicole Vanasse '20

What to watch for this season:
• Named Courier News Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year last fall, Nicole is returning as a top runner in the state this year, and beside her is a team of very familiar girls. This is because almost all the members of last year's team are returning for what they hope to be an even better season than the last.

• The team is looking to once again to dominate the Skyland Conference Valley Division, and advance to the Meet of Champions.

• Incoming freshmen as well as two rising sophomores will boost the team even higher.

Full-court press:
"After last year's success, I think this year should be a wonderful season, with all the girls rooting for each other and helping each other to become one of the best girls cross country teams ever for Pingry." —Coach Tim Grant
 

Read a full recap of last year's season.


Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer, adawson@pingry.org