Turpin hosted the 5th ECC championship race on Saturday. The Spartans are always a force in the ECC having won once (2014) and been runner up the other three years. This year they brought their dominant team to the race and beat a very strong Kings team to be ECC Champions.
Sam Bush finished 2nd with a time that would have won every ECC Championship race before Saturday. Coming in the top 10 and earning 1st Team ECC Honors with their fastest times of the season are: Jayne Maxwell (4th Place) , Lydia Bentley (5th place), Isabel Shim (8th), Maya Blaxall (9th), Jenny Middendorf (10th). 2014 ECC Champion and runner of the year, senior captain Olivia Connaughton, earned 2nd team ECC honors for taking 15th place overall with her fastest time of the season.
A special shout out and congratulations are due our Coach, Melissa Siemers the newly minted “Coach of the Year” for the ECC. Both her and Coach Carolyn Remmele really deserve it for teams performances, but more importantly for the teams improvement. With the talent Turpin had this year the team was destined to be good. If you look at the improvement in times over the course of the year that culminated in about 2/3rds of the team peaking at this race, it becomes clear that this coaching staff made a big difference.
The girls in the Open race fed off the success in the Varsity race. 2015 Open Girls Race Champion, Bridget Lloyd conquered the course once again this year with a repeat performance, 1st place in a time of 20:32. 2nd place Kirby Heltman, Seal Russell (3rd), Emma Hauserman (5th), Anna Polivka (6th), Anna Nolan (9th) and Aubrey Stoll (16th) rounded out our placing ladies. 39 girls raced for Turpin in the Open race and 26 ran faster on the same course as they did earlier in the season at the Milford Invitaitional.
Notable performances included a career best performance by senior captain Naomi Manaster running 22:12 and came in 20th. Also, freshman Olivia Snow ran an unbelievable 7 minutes faster than she had completed the course at the Milford Invitational. That is not a typo, Olivia was seven minutes faster!
Congratulations to Sam Bush and our Coach of the year, Melissa Siemers. Also, congradulations to the entire 2016 ECC Champion Turpin Spartan girls cross country team.