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The Race of Champions

The varsity team gets ready to start the Race of Champions.

Disclaimer: Lola Ranieri is a member of Carrollton’s cross country team.

On Friday, October 6th, Carrollton’s cross country team took a van ride to Lakeland, Florida for the Florida Runners Invitational Race. After running the course in the afternoon and enjoying an abundant Olive Garden feast, the team’s pre-race tradition, the runners excitedly awaited the early-morning gunshot that would begin their race.  

The JV team competed in the Open Varsity race and placed second among 15 teams, with Arianna Garcia ‘26 finishing runner-up.

The varsity team competed in the Race of Champions, a prestigious race only the best teams in the state get invited to participate in, and placed fourth as a team. With over 265 participants from 33 schools throughout Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia, the Race of Champions was a thrilling event, especially on a course with towering hills that seemed nearly impossible to climb and made even observers feel out of breath. 

After her remarkable participation in the Race of Champions, Grace Aldrich ‘25 now holds the second fastest time for a 5k race in Carrollton history with a time of 18 minutes and 58 seconds, closely following Daniela Hernandez ‘27, who, earlier this season, broke the school record and currently holds the fastest time of 18 minutes and 44 seconds.

The cross-country runners continue to deliver exceptional performances. They are predicted to be district and regional champions and finish in the first five teams at the State Championship. With the team’s top six runners being among the 30 fastest runners in Carrollton’s history, the team expects to carry on with their persistent success and possibly win a State Championship in the years to come. 


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Lola Ranieri
Lola Ranieri is currently a sophomore at Carrollton and this is her first year writing for The Beat. She is a part of the Cross Country team and the Track and Field team. She hopes to write interesting pieces for The Beat.

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    Blu SevillaFeb 7, 2024 at 9:27 am

    Go cyclones!

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    Juan R.Oct 16, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    Congratulations! They work very hard every single day to reach this success

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    Veronica CaminosOct 16, 2023 at 6:13 pm

    Love the energy of this team, not just the drive and commitment but the comradery. Looking forward to seeing their performance at Districts, Regionals and States! Good luck, girls!!

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    Gabriel AlkonOct 16, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    Amazing! Facing Carrollton’s fearsome Cross-Country team must be a truly daunting prospect for rival teams :)) !

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    Liza AbreuOct 16, 2023 at 7:31 am

    Awesome! Great job ladies.