The Jerome Girls Cross Country team had a strong start to the season with at least one of our teams placing higher than last year at our first two meets, The Panther Invitational and the Hot Summer Bash. Next up was the McGowen Invitational where senior Emily Oiler, won the Reserve Individual race. At the Spartan Invitational in Michigan, the team placed in the top half of a field of 38 teams that included the teams that placed 1st and 3rd in the state this year. After that was our home race, The Celtic Clash, where the open ladies placed 2nd in a field of 15 and the varsity placed 4th in a field of 22. They began the postseason at OCCs with an impressive showing from the JV squad who posted a 24-second spread. They would come back the next week at Districts to run another sub-minute spread from the 1st scorer to the last. From this meet, sophomore Ava DiMasi qualified as an individual for the Regional meet the following week.
Overall, the ladies dropped 86 minutes and 16 seconds from their 5-kilometer time as a team from the first race throughout the season, and the average spread was 1 minute and 3 seconds. In the District coaches’ poll this year, the Dublin Jerome Celtic ladies were voted 8th out of 51 teams.