Brutal course conditions in Hendersonville couldn’t stop the Carolina Day girls cross country team from taking home the NCISAA title on Friday, October 26, 2018.

“It was pouring! I’ve never seen so much rain before,” said Athletic Director Steve Henry, “And these teams—our girls cross country team and our boys cross country team—they were perfect in that weather. They were fantastic.”

This win wrapped up the girls team’s fifth consecutive state championship under coaches Mark Driscoll, who also teaches at the Key School; and Brian Rannie, who also teachers in the Middle School.

Coach Driscoll said, "At CDS, Coach Rannie and I help our athletes put their energy into gradual improvement—day-to-day, week-to-week, and season-to-season. They create process-oriented goals and reflect on their strengths and areas for growth. With increased self-awareness and a focus on effort, the team can find success in ways that go beyond finishing place or personal records. The most successful CDS cross country athletes are willing to leave their comfort zones, take risks, and put themselves in a position to find their own ever-evolving version of greatness.

“A tradition of success helps set a high bar for the Wildcats. This year's NCISAA 3A Champion, Olivia Sutter ('20), has followed the footsteps of the individual state champions that have come before her—Danielle Deines, Laura Stanley, Taylor Barr, Brenna Burns, Marley Burns, and Ralene Kwiatkowski. At the same time, the girls are interested in building on the hard work of previous CDS teams. This year's team championship is the school’s 15th NCISAA cross country victory in the last 25 years.”

NCISAA State Championship Results for Carolina Day are as follows:

7 girls in the top 10

1st: Olivia Sutter (’20) 19:54

3rd: Abby Smith (’24) 20:42

5th: Erin Hovendon (’22) 20:55

6th: Ella Dockendorf (’20) 20:57

7th: Ashlyn Browne (’21) 21:09

9th: Katie Rudins (’22) 21:21

10th: Ellen Weaver (’19) 21:48

Team Score: 22 (second-place ACA had 100)

An all-school celebration was held on the campus of Carolina Day to show appreciation for the hard work and commitment of these talented student-athletes. At the celebration, these additional athletic accomplishments were highlighted:

The boys cross country team has performed exceptionally well this season. Last year they were 8th place with the state title, and—through hard work and practice—this year they walked away with a third-place finish (only a few points behind second).

For the first time in its young history, two CDS golf team members, Taylor Monday ’22 and Kylie Olp ’19, have been selected to compete in the NCISAA Division II State Golf Championships in Pinehurst

Congratulations to these athletes and coaches on another strong season.

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