Red Bank Catholic Wins With a Team First Mentality
November 5, 2013Red Bank Catholic High School
Red Bank Catholic's Eryn Mills may have finished in first place during Saturday's St. Dominic Invitational at Lincoln Park in Jersey City, but she was quickly greeted by friendly faces after the race.
Behind Mills, the Caseys had five finishers in the top seven as they blitzed the course record with an average of 20:09, and had all seven of their runners finish in the top 17
But, according to those runners, that was the plan all along.
"We have a lot of goals this year and we have a really young team, but we definitely wanted to win today," Mills, a junior, said. "We wanted to be the best team."
Mills and her teammates established themselves quickly over the 3.3-mile course on Saturday. Mills' finish was good enough for a 15-second victory, but her teammates made sure to stay close behind.
"It's always a goal to win as a team, that was our first goal," said Meghan Coakley, who finished in third. "That was the goal, to be at the top as a team and to stay at the top."
The only runner in the top five not from RBC was Rumson's Jacqueline Gottuso.Gottuso kept pace with Mills during the first lap of the race, but Mills pulled away from her after that.
"I was pretty happy that I was able to break them up," Gottuso said of finishing between a host of Red Bank Catholic runners in the top five. "They are definitely a great team and I could feel them pushing me during the race. They pushed us a lot in this race."
Saturday marked the first race of the season for the Caseys. They beat Rumson -- a geographical rival within the Shore Conference -- 20-60.
"Definitely great for the first race," Coakley said. "That's what we were going for and we were able to stay in the lead pack."