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Speed Demons
by Rebecca Black, Staff Writer

Cross-country takes a lot of heart and even more training. West Geauga's girls cross-country team has both. "It's a larger group than in the past. We have good team unity and more senior leadership this year," says Coach Taurasi. Junior captain Angela Campanella is excited about the season. "We have a lot of good girls. We've worked hard, and hopefully it will pay off in the end when we meet our goal of getting to regionals." Amy Erzen, also a captain as a junior, strongly believes that, "It's a lot of strategy. You have to know what you're doing out there; you can't just run. It's a big mental sport, and that's what I love about it."
The girls' hard work is, indeed, beginning to pay off. Sophomore Courtney Cowper is already beating her record time from last season, running a 20:40 in the fourth race this year. She was also named the News Herald Player of the Week and featured in the Geauga Times Courier. Angela Campanella, Amy Erzen, and sophomore Rebecca Beers are close on her heels, however. Times are also dropping for seniors Julie Pinney, Rebecca Black, and Jackie Church, juniors Becca DeMattia and Katy Lafavre, and freshmen Deanna Cribari.
At the cold, rainy, and windy C.V.C. meet, the girls came in fourth place. Courtney Cowper placed first team for conference, and Amy Erzen missed first team by one second. Angela Campanella and Deanna Cribari also earned second all conference team honors.
The girls will be running at Perry again for the districts competiton on the 23rd. To qualify for regionals on October 30th, however, the girls must run their best times yet.

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