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SEM Varsity picked-up its first win of the season versus Cardinal O’Hara in League Meet # 1 (the East Aurora Invitational) on Sept. 22.

What a race. With the temperature near 75 degrees and the humidity near 100% our SEM girls were excellent again. We faced Mt. St. Mary Academy and Cardinal O’Hara in a double dual meet. What a way for our girls to start the regular season. Although we came up a little short vs Mt. St. Mary 22 to 39, we defeated Cardinal O’Hara 21 to 40 and we had some very impressive finishes.

Overall Race Winner by nearly a minute was Zoë Knauss. Congratulations Zoë!
Next in for SEM and 5th Overall was Ana McNamara running a personal best 5K time, followed by Essence Julien (finishing her first 3.1 mile Cross Country race), Grace McHale running a personal best 5K time, Angelina Myles running a personal best 5K time, Lydia Abbott running a season-best 5K time, Jocelyn Yang running a season-best 5K time, Tia Browder running strong in her first 5K race of the season, Maggie McCulloch running a personal best 5K time, Mary Curtin running a personal best 5K time, Peyton Wagner running a season-best 5K time, Maia Dreishpoon running a personal best 5K time,  Caroline Finkbeiner running a personal best 5K time, Joy Byaombe (finishing her first 3.1 mile Cross Country race), Lucy Chen (finishing her first 3.1 mile Cross Country race), and Georgia Bontempo running a season-best 5K time.
What an outstanding performance turned in this weekend by our talented SEM XC Team at the 2018 McQuaid Invitational in Rochester. Competing against the best competition in NY State, our girls really stepped up to the challenge.
What an outstanding performance turned in this weekend by our talented SEM XC Team at the 2018 McQuaid Invitational on Sept. 29 in Rochester. Competing against the best competition in New York State, our girls really stepped up to the challenge.
The varsity race had nearly 300 runners. SEM finished 12th out of the 23 complete teams figuring in the scoring (along with 27 incomplete teams for a total of 50 schools). SEM had 8 runners finish ahead of the 18 minute / 2 mile cutoff rule.
Leading the way for SEM again was Zoë Knauss running just off personal best with a time of 19:34 and taking home a top finisher medal with an 8th Place Overall Finish. Zoë continues to lead our girls on and off the field as she was also named Buffalo Seminary Athlete of theWeek last week.
Finishing 2nd for SEM was Ana McNamara in a personal best time of 22:30 and taking more than 30 seconds off her previous best. Finishing 3rd for SEM was Angelina Myles in a personal best time of 23:07 and taking nearly 1 minute off her previous best. Finishing 4th for SEM was Grace McHale in a personal best time of 24:45 taking nearly 3 minutes off her time run at Beaver Island just 2 weeks ago. Finishing 5th for SEM was Jocelyn Yang in a personal best time of 25:53 and breaking into the 25 minute range for the first time. Completing the scoring for SEM Varsity was Essence Julien with a great finishing time of 26:48, Caroline Finkbeiner in a personal best time of 27:44, and Peyton Wagner just missing a personal best time running 27: 52. Rounding out the team and continuing to improve with very respectable 2-mile times were Joy Byaombe (19:30), Lucy Chen (20:10) and Adiyah Colin (22:30)
Hard to believe we are in Week 7 already with only 5 weeks remaining in the regular season!
Some highlights so far:
  • A big shout out to Essence Julien and Angelina Myles who both still have perfect attendance going into October! Keep it going girls!
  • 30 personal best times with nearly everyone establishing and breaking personal best on a weekly basis.
  • Zoë Knauss winning an Invitational Meet, (2) League Meet match-ups, and establishing a new school record for the 3-Mile Distance.
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