By ERIC X. VICCARO
ST. CHARLES — The Valle Catholic High School girls’ cross country team opted for a pack mentality during Friday’s Class 1 district race at McNair Park.
“On the girls’ side, I thought they ran smart,” said Valle Catholic head coach Samer Zoughaib. “No personal records, but on a district qualifier day, placement is more important than time, and the girls ran well.”
Valle Catholic’s girls scored 24 points to win the meet by 26 points over close rival St. Vincent of Perryville.
Four Valle girls placed among the top-15, with all of them receiving medals. The girls’ meet featured a field of 43 runners.
And the girls handled a course they were running for the first time in McNair Park; the district meet was originally scheduled for Spanish Lake — however COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions in St. Louis County precipitated the change.
“We never ran at McNair before,” Zoughaib said. “But, in all honesty, it was a simple course. We did the same loop three times. We got there early enough to walk one loop, and had a discussion of what to do.”
Mary Roth is heading to state for the third time. Roth placed second at the district meet with a time of 22:35.1, with teammates Nicole Valle third (22:44.5) and Camryn Basler fourth (22:49.5).
Rachel Valle placed seventh (23:07.9), Lillian Hoog 16th (24:05.2), Katie Kertz 20th (24:52.7) and Natalie Kist 36th (30:36.9).