By ERIC X. VICCARO
COLUMBIA — The Valle Catholic High School girls’ cross country team punctuated a stellar 2020 campaign with a second-place finish on Saturday.
During a breezy afternoon at Gans Creek, the Warrior girls compiled 109 points — which was 18 points more than winner College Heights Christian.
Camryn Basler spearheaded the Warriors’ finish by earning an all-state medal. Basler, a junior, clocked in at 22 minutes, 8.07 seconds, which was good enough for 17th place overall.
“Camryn became the first female since cross country was restarted in 2010 to earn all-district, all-conference and all-state honors (the same year),” said Valle Catholic head coach Samer Zoughaib.
The coach was especially pleased to see the girls employ a “pack mentality” for a second straight race.
Seniors Mary Roth, Rachel Valle and Nicole Valle finished in the respective spots of 31st, 34th and 35th.
Roth clocked in with a time of 22:5