“It’s exciting,” says Fiascone. “Whatever we seem to do the last couple of years, the boys would one-up us. We’d be starting to have a successful season, and they’d go and win states. But I think it’s really exciting that we’re getting some attention. We’ve been working really hard and quietly putting in our work behind them. And I’m really excited that it’s starting to pay off.”
A contrast to the more extroverted boys team, these Clippers are known for their quiet manner and tough work ethic.
“They’re quiet, but they do have fun,” Hennigar says. “They just do it in a quiet way. They’re extremely competitive, and I think that’s the big thing. They’re a competitive group.”
Sibling rivalry is also playing a part in this year’s success as Conway has not only had to come out from under the boys team’s shadow, but also from out of the shadow of older brother and former boys captain, Keith.
“I feel some sort of shadow,” admits Conway. “But I think, with the success we’ve had this year, I’m pulling out of the shadow a little bit. So we have to keep that up.”
Many of the girls on this young team have attained personal bests of late and are looking to continue improving.
“It just shows the work that we did all season,” says Hart. “With all the (personal records) we’ve had and all the improvements, it just shows how hard we’ve been working.”
Even though their cross-country careers are coming to an end soon, both Fiascone and fellow senior Sarah Jacqz feel that they will be leaving the program in consistent hands.
“I know the coming out of the shadows thing is going on this year,” admits Jacqz. “But I think it will only continue more next year because we’re such a young team. We have so any sophomores and so many juniors who are already strong. And they’ve been getting better every year. Come next year, I think this team will be incredible. Then they’ll be right up there with the guys. And they’ll be getting just as much recognition because they definitely deserve it.”