When nine runners from the Monomoy cross country team ventured to the Div. 7 south sectionals last weekend, they were a few in a sea of many, but according to head coach Don Bates, they weren't the least bit fazed.
“They responded well to the amount of kids in the race and didn't get intimidated,” Bates said.
Not only did the Sharks tackle the 5K course in Wrentham with determination, they also turned in some solid performances. Steven Young placed No. 28 out of roughly 200 with his time of 18:19, having what Bates called a consistent run in which he “picked off a few people at the end.”
Sophomore Ryder Robbins came in at No. 30 with his personal best time of 18:31, with Quinn Schuyler coming in at No. 92 with a time of 20:19, followed closely by Dan Street who finished at No. 113 with a time of 21:07, impressive considering Street was sidelined for some time with a respiratory illness and only recently returned to the fray.
On the girls side, Margo Dery was No. 50 with her time of 23:33, with Caroline Davock right on her heels at with her time of 23:54, capping off senior year in stellar form.
“She's been captain for a couple years, and the No. 1 runner in all but a couple of meets this year,” said Bates. “She's got the most heart. Every practice she gives 100 percent. If she's going to do something, she does it right.”
Next across the finish line was Italian exchange student Francesca Marchesi who came in at No. 58 with her time of 23:55.
“She just took to this,” said Bates of the sport. “It was great and a perfect welcome to Monomoy through this. She's always smiling.”
Freshman Emily Blake crossed the finish line at an even 25:00 for 77th place, with Julia Rioux coming in at No. 82 with a time of 25:15, which placed the Monomoy girls in 10th place out of 17 teams.
Making their performances even more admirable was that the Sharks competed in less than ideal weather without a word.
“They didn't complain about the conditions,” said Bates. “It was misting and had rained.”
Bates said the team has continuously earned his esteem through hard work on and off the course “These kids, they're all smart kids,” he said. “The sportsmanship, and almost all of them are honor roll, which is impressive. I can't ask for more from these kids.”