SMXC 2013

Kaminski Earns First-Team Honors

Sophomore Analise Kaminski was voted to First Team All State for the 2013 XC season. Kaminksi finished in the top five in all but one race this season, and had the seventh fastest time at the state meet.

All State selection

Kaminski set school records at White Clay and Killen's Pond, and she is #2 all time at Six Flags, Winterthur, Bellevue, and Brandywine Creek. She also holds all sophomore records.

Frydrych and Prettyman Competed at NCAA Nationals!!

Lindsey Prettyman and Emily Frydrych, two standout St. Mark's runners, Competed in Terre Haute, Indiana at the NCAA National XC Championships. Prettyman finished 117th and Frydrych came in 231st overall.


Lindsay finished 20th overall in the Mid-Atlantic region and earned a trip to Nationals with an at-large bid. Emily runs for Notre Dame, and their team also earned an at-large bid in their region.

Emily and Lindsey have not raced together since 2010, when they helped St. Mark's set the state meet record in 4x800M at the Meet of Champions in 9:14.42.

Katrina Steenkamer, also a 2011 graduate, finished 71st overall and 5th for Delaware. Delaware finished 8th as a team.

DIAA State Meet

Team finishes 5th, Kaminski sets record, Pettoruto #4

The girls finished in the top 5 in the state for the second straight year. Analise Kaminski established a new Killen's Pond school record, finishing in 3rd overall in 19:04. She has led St. Mark's in every race over her two year career. Sarah Pettoruto had a breakout day, finishing 19th overall in 20:02. That time is fast enough to place her 4th overall in school history, behind only Kaminski, Emily Frydrych, and Cassie White.

Gilly Hamory finished 29th for the girls in 20:42. That time ranks her #16 in school history. Audrey Coughenourhad her fastest race of the season at the state meet, running 21:15 for 38th. Lauren Crouse, Madelyn Baker, and Rachel McCabe rounded out the top 7.

Lauren Crouse- County Runner of the Week

Junior Lauren Crouse was voted by her teammates as the County runner of the week. Lauren missed the first 8 meets of the season with an injury, but came back and made varsity in just her second meet. Lauren crossed trained 60 minutes per day in an effort to come back and help her team.

"I vote Lauren Crouse for runner of the week because of her race at counties and her determination this last part of the season. She's still recovering from an injury,but ready to work hard to get back to where she left off."

"I vote for Lauren Crouse because she came back from her injury & ran an amazing time. The whole time she was injured, she worked so hard cross training & she came back strong & made the states team. She has such great motivation & she is a great teammate."

I vote Lauren Crouse as RotW! She had incredible discipline and patience to cross train all season, and her hard work has finally paid off with a top five finish at the county meet!!

NCC Champs

Varsity finishes 7th, JV 5th at New Castle County Championships

The girls varsity finished 7th place overall and is now ranked 5th in Division I. Analise Kaminski finished 12th overall to earn ALL COUNTY, and has the 2nd fastest 5K at Winterthur. The JV finished 5th overall, with Lauren Crouse and Audrey Coughenour finishing 4th and 6th overall.

Gilly Hamory- Catholics Runner of the Week

Junior Gilly Hamory was voted by her teammates as the Catholic Conference Runner of the Week for week 8 of the season. Gilly finished 3rd for the Spartans and 12th overall. Her time of 20:26 ranks her #26 all time in St. Mark's history at Bellevue.

"I vote Gilly Hammory! She really stepped up in this race as our #3 runner, and she broke 21 minutes! All this season, though, she's been a great runner and teammate. We're so happy she joined!"

I vote for Gill Hamory because she ran so well this past week. She broke the 21:00 barrier by A LOT & she's been working hard. She is also very uplifting & a joy to run with."

I vote for gilly Hamory because she finally got her sub 21 goal, and she has worked really hard since she joined the team. She deserves it."

Catholic Conference Championships

Analise Kaminski brings the individual title back to St. Mark's for the first time since 2010. Kaminski is just the 5th St. Mark's girl to ever win the Catholic Conference Championships. Gilly Hamory had a big day, dropping down to #26 all time in St. Mark's history with an impressive 20:26. Overall, the team now has 12 current runners in the top 100 all time!

Sarah Pettoruto- Joe O'Neill Runner of the Week

Junior Sarah Pettoruto made history on Friday, becoming one of only 15 St. Mark's runners to ever crack 20:00 for a 5K. Her 19:52 ranks her tied for 13th all time in St. Mark's history, and puts her in an elite crowd of outstanding St. Mark's runners. For that, and her attitude towards racing and competing, Sarah was recognized by her teammates as the runner of the week.

Words from her teammates:

"I vote Sarah Pettoruto. She's so motivated, and it really shows through in her races. She finally broke 20! What will she write on her arm now??"

"I vote for Sarah Pettoruto because she had a fantastic race, running sub-20 minutes for the first time and having a positive, encouraging attitude both before and after her race."

"I vote Sarah Petterutto for achieving her life-long goal of SUB 20!!!!!!! Ps I know I spelled her name wrong but YOLO. Please include the phrase YOLO in her write up if she wins runner of the week."

"I vote Sarah Pettoruto for runner of the week because she made a goal at the beginning of the season & she worked so hard & she reached it. "

Joe O'Neill Memorial 5K

Kiersten Crouse finishes 2nd overall female in 24:14. Alex Salinas (our trainer) finishes 2nd overall male in 16:45! Jay Coughenour finishes as top masters runner in 17:33! Thank you everyone for your support on the course!

Joe O'Neill Invitational

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Sophomore Analise Kaminski crushed her career 5K PR by 38 seconds in becoming just the second St. Mark's runner to break 19:00 for a 5K. Her 18:38 is just 11 seconds behind Emily Frydrych's time of 18:27. Kaminski also placed 3rd place overall.

Sarah Pettoruto also had a career day, reaching back for a 19:52 on the course. That time ranks her #14 in school history for 5K. Gilly Hamory finished 7th overall in the JV race in 21:08, running the 49th fastest time in school history.

The girls combined to run 24 season-best times and 16 personal lifetime bests!

Corryn Burlew- UD Invite Runner of the Week

Senior Corryn Burlew was voted by her teammates as the UD Invitational Runner of the Week for week 6 of the season. Corryn finished 2nd place overall, ran a season-best time at White Clay, and had the fifth fastest time of the day. The JV also had the first St. Mark's team win since 2010.

Words from her teammates:

"I vote Corryn Burlew for runner of the week because she ran an amazing race. She took the lead of the JV team by finishing first for our team and 2nd overall, I'm so proud of her. She is a great example of someone who has never run before. Looking at her progress over these 2 years shows how much she has improved as a runner."

I vote Corryn Burlew for Spartan Runner of the Week because she stepped up so much and got 2nd overall. That's amazing and she should be so proud of herself."

"I vote for Corryn Burlew because she can in second overall in the

race, she is always so positive, and she is nice to everyone all the time."

"I vote for Corryn Burlew because she led JV in their win & she got second which is an awesome accomplishment! She's always uplifting at practice & has a good attitude towards workouts."

Varsity 5th, JV Wins UD!

The girls varsity finished 5th overall and the JV won big at the UD Invitational on Friday. Analise Kaminski broke her own school record in finishing 2nd overall on the course. Her time ranks 17th all time for Delaware runners. Sarah Pettoruto and Gilly Hamory finished in the top 30. Rachel McCabe and Madelyn Baker rounded out the top for girls.

The JV outpacing Archmere 30-33 for the team victory. It is the first team win for St. Marks' in a varsity or jv race since 2010. Corryn Burlew, Isabella Hanrahan, Krista Charamella, Kristen Basciani, and Kelsey Ladics scored in the top 5 to lead the girls.

The girls combined for 14 season-best times on the day!

Allie Spurrier - Salesianum Invitational Runner of the Week


Spurrier was voted UNANIMOUSLY by her teammates as the Salesianum Invitational Runner of the Week. Allie finished 18th overall in the JV race on Saturday, and put up the fifth fastest time of the day for the Spartans.

Words from her teammates:

"I vote Allie Spurrier for RotW because she was at the front of her race and led the team on a tough day. She even made varsity for the first time! That's conquering the Creek. "

"I vote Allie Spurrier runner of the week for going out aggressively and for running a smart race. She's worked very hard and this race showed that work paid off."

"I am voting for Allie Spurrier. She trained hard all week for this race and it clearly showed. Her goal for this season was to run a varsity race and now she gets to!!"

"I vote for Allie Spurrier for runner of the week. She had an awesome race on Saturday! She looked strong and confident during the mile repeats we did last week and you could tell that carried over into her race. She really did "conquer the creek" even on a tough day!"

Salesianum Invitational 2013

The girls finished 4th in the JV-B, 7th in the JV-A, and 4th in the varsity race at the Salesianum Invitational on Saturday.

Six Flags Invitational

The varsity came away with a 5th-place finish on Saturday, with sophomore Analise Kaminski leading the way with a 4th place PR performance of 19:16. That is #2 all time on the course. She now holds the sixth fastest 5K in school history. Junior Sarah Pettoruto broke 21 for the first time, finishing in 20:23 for 15th overall. Gilly Hamory ran a 2-minute PR, running 21:45.

In the freshman race, Isabella Hanrahan tied the freshman record for 2 miles, running 15:48 on the long course. She hold a 3-way tie for the record with Jen Carr and Carin Prechtl.

In the race of the day, the girls' JV ended up running a 4.5 miles race on the Six Flags Mud Run course (true statement). They ran through mud, up hills, through streams and over logs. Eventually they made it back, and no one was injured. It was quite the experience. It is quite unfortunate that we do not have times for them, but it will be a memorable experience some day.

I posted this meme below because I saw it and I thought it was funny. Is it too soon?

Ally Walls- Cherokee Challenge Runner of the Week

Freshman Ally Walls was voted by her teammates as the Cherokee Challenge Runner of the Week for week 3 of the season. Ally led the freshmen class in the race, completing the 3200M course in 14:47. She finished 72nd overall, and improved her 3200 time by exactly 2:00 from the timed trial.

Words from her teammates:

"I'm voting for Ally Walls. She has done such a great job of progressing each week. I think she's been a great leader within the freshmen group and she really did take the challenge at the Cherokee challenge this week. She put up a great time for herself and I can see her getting better and better. I'm really proud of her."

"I vote for Ally Walls because she ran a great race Saturday. She helped the whole team by coming back and telling everyone how fast the course was. Ally has a lot of potential and I can't wait to see her race in the future."

"I vote for Ally Walls because she really showed what she could do this weekend and her first mile was very good. She set the tone for the rest of the meet for the others girls."

Girls Roll at Cherokee Challenge

The girls finished 18th out of 38 schools at the Cherokee Challenge, and 17th out of 62 schools in the merged results of the Cherokee Challenge on Saturday in Marlton, NJ. Analise Kaminski led the team for the 15th straight meet, running the 2-mile course in a blistering 11:58. That was good for 4th overall in the sophomore race and 25th overall in the merged results. Junior Sarah Pettoruto had the 2nd fastest team split of the day, running 12:37 for 29th in the her race. Sophomore Audrey Coughenour had another impressive day, finishing 19th in her race with a 12:47. Gillian Hamory had a breakout performance, finishing in the top 50 with a 13:15. Freshman Allison Walls and senior Corryn Burlew led their grades in scoring.

Analise Kaminski - Week 2 Runner of the Week

Analise Kaminski was voted by her teammates as the runner of the week for the White Clay Creek Classic. Kaminski set a school record at White Clay, ran a PR, and ran the fastest time of the day on the course.

Words from her teammates:

"Analise Kaminski because she had the overall best day. Setting a new school record and PRing while coming in first for the whole race was a great accomplishment! Her attitude towards everything is always so uplifting!

"I vote for Analise Kaminski because of her determination during the race. She not only pr-ed, but also won the race and set a school record. She did amazing. I'm so proud of her!"

"I am voting for Analise Kaminski because she ran so well. She went all out and didn't leave anything behind on the course. "

Lindsey Prettyman sets UD course record

Delaware article on Prettyman's record

Girls Finish 5th at White Clay

Girls run 11 season-best times, Kaminski Set School Record-19:38

The girls finished 5th overall with 18 points at the White Clay Creek Classic, while Analise Kaminski shattered the White Clay school record by 21 seconds in posting the fastest time of the day. Her 19:38 is a new personal best, and is the 21st fastest 5K ever run at White Clay by a Delawarian! She ran 18 seconds faster than the second faster runner on the day, and broke the record by 21 seconds. Cassie White set the record in 2007.

Sarah Pettoruto ran a PR of 21:02 to finish fifth overall in the Junior race. She ran the eighth fastest time every by a St. Mark's runner! Sophomore Audrey Coughenour ran her best time of the season as well, coming in 8th overall in her race in 21:50.

Overall the girls combined for 11 season bests!

Amanda Smith - Week 1 Runner of the Week

Amanda Smith has been voted by her teammates as the 'Runner of the Week' for the Lake Forest Invitational. Amanda ran a personal best time of 25:20 on the course, and scored in a meet for the first time.

Words from her teammates:

"She put in so much training this summer. I've watched her do awesome workouts so far this season.She is the definition of the change we wanted in the team."

"Amanda Smith for top runner. She worked really hard this summer, and already PR'd in the first race of the season!

" I vote for Amanda Smith because she ran her PR in her first race of the season, she ran it more than 5 minutes faster than last year, and it was her first time scoring for the team in a meet (or at least that's what I heard)."

4th at Lake Forest

The team finished 4th overall at the Lake Forest Invitational, with the JV A finishing 3rd. Analise Kaminski finished 5th overall in the varsity race. Her time of 19:59 is a sophomore school record and is also the 3rd fastest time ever at Killens Pond. Sarah Pettoruto finished 27th overall, running 21:34. Her time is #36 in school history.

SMXC 2013 Meet Schedule

Spartanrunner 250-Mile Club

The Spartanrunner 250-Mile Club was established this year to challenge the girls to step up their summer training. This challenge isn't easy. The rule was to run 250 miles in 10 weeks and to keep track all summer with an online running log. In the first season I am proud to say that 14 girls reached the goal.

Madelyn Baker '15, Kristen Basciani '14, Allison Gawinski '14, Allison Spurrier '15, Corryn Burlew '14, Krista Charamella '14, Carin Prechtl '14, Hannah Falchuk '14, Lauren Crouse '15, Kelsey Ladics '16, Amanda Smith '15, Analise Kaminski '16,Sarah Pettoruto '15, Katie McGovern '14


Photo courtesy of Delaware Running Company