The Eau Claire Memorial girls cross country team captured last weekend's 56th annual Smiley Invitational in Wausau as the Old Abes placed seven runners in the top 23. Leading the way for Memorial, freshman Aubrey Roberts who finished with a new 4K school-record of 14-minutes, 25.13 seconds. A week ago, Roberts set the school-record in the 5K, the Old Abes, who are hopeful of going to state say their success is about teamwork.
Heidi Hujik, E.C. Memorial senior says, "Just really doing a good job at pack running, I think we need to get our pack to be a little faster. We have some experienced runners in the pack, helping younger runners and that just helps bring up the whole group."
Senior Meg Van de Loo adds, "It would be fun to go and have another chance and we are definitely more talented than when we were when I was a freshman and I think we can really do well. When you're a faster team, it takes a lot of the pressure off the individuals to do well and it's more of a team effort."
Aubrey Roberts, Old Abes freshman says, "It's challenging, it's different to stand out more, but it's still fun and to have teammates to suppport you."