Girls hariers win fifth in a row
The accolades continue to pile up. And history continues to be made for the Northwestern girls’ cross country team.
The Lady Tiger harriers added another chapter to that ever-growing book last week. Led by top-three finishes by sophomore Molly Tarvin and freshman Maddie Consuelos, the Northwestern girls secured their fifth straight league cross country championship last Thursday at DeSales University.
After adding another unbeaten regular season to their résumé just weeks ago (brining their consecutive victories total to 129), Northwestern found themselves on top once the Colonial League Championships concluded. And it wasn’t even close, as the Lady Tigers edged second-place Wilson by 38 points.
“That’s a honor…to keep the streak going for the people that we hear about every day,” said Tarvin, who finished second in 20:13.60. “We hear about Lindsay Keer and Haley Yost, and they are our idols. It’s so nice to take up their place and say here we are again.”
Up next for the Lady Tigers is an opportunity to capture their fourth straight district championship on Thursday back at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
A year after finishing in ninth place in her first ever postseason meet, Tarvin made an incredible leap in just her second season.
“Last year was good,” Tarvin said. “That was my first postseason run, and that really boosted my self esteem. But here, I have to run in place of the seniors that we lost, and I hope I did that.”
Tarvin certainly did her part in replacing the two seniors that graduated from last year. As did Consuelos in her first postseason atmosphere, finishing in third place and nearly five seconds behind Tarvin.
“Before I got on the bus, my coaches said, ‘I want three medals around your neck by the end of the day,’” Consuelos said. “That was kind of my goal. I got it.
“I felt like I pushed myself more today because I knew what was on the line. I put all of the mental stuff aside. I felt like this was a good race for me.”
Both Tarvin and Consuelos remained at the front of the pack for much of the race, but neither could surpass Saucon Valley’s Kiele Riefenstahl, who came in first place in 19:46.20. Her time was over 27 seconds faster than any other competitor in the girls’ field.
“All of the league meets that we competed against her, she had a soccer game,” Tarvin said. “This is actually the first time running against her officially other than Moravian. She gives me someone to chase. I know [Palisades’] Sophie Doman is usually there, [too].”
Tarvin and Consuelos needed a boost to end the race with three Wilson competitors—Sydney Brannon, Abby Rustay, Gabrielle Vega—on their tails. They finished the final downhill stretch in convincing fashion after the course was altered from last year’s setup a bit due to school construction.
“The finish, I kind of saw the pack coming at me,” Tarvin said. “I started really picking it up at the end of the third mile. The beginning was nice, [and] it was all smooth sailing.”
“I knew what I was getting into,” Consuelos said. “It’s more mental and ‘you can do it’. It’s not the first time I’m seeing the hills and the finish.”
Abigail Supplee and Abigail Smith placed eighth and ninth, respectively, while Hannah Herzon (14), Brooke Devers (15), Angela Alden (17), Rachel Mikols (21) and Elizabeth Fornauf (34) rounded out the girls’ finishers.
Robert Leiser placed 17th to lead the Tiger boys finishers last week, followed by Phillip Castrine in 18th. Anthony Venerra (25), Matt Grim (31), Kavan Fitzpatrick (42), Christian Parker (54), Reuber Kemmerer (61), Noah Vincent (62) and Daulton Keba (67) rounded out the Northwestern finishers.