Best in Conference! Girls Cross Country Team Wins LNAC Championship

The Elm girls cross country team celebrates winning the 2018 LNAC title.

Members of the Elm girls cross country team celebrate winning the 2018 Leyden-Norwood Athletic Conference title. Holding up the trophy is Alexa Vateva, one of four 7th-grade Cougars who finished in the top 10 at the conference meet. Scroll down for more photos. (Photo courtesy of Elm Middle School Twitter)


With four 7th graders leading the way, the Elm Middle School girls cross country team won the 2018 Leyden-Norwood Athletic Conference (LNAC) title Oct. 2 at Schiller Woods East. 

The Cougars competed in the conference meet against seven other schools: Hester, Lincoln, Mannheim, Pennoyer, Rhodes, Rosemont and Union Ridge.

Elm placed first, followed by Union Ridge in second and Mannheim in third.

Individually, four Cougars finished in the top 10, all of them 7th graders.

Cassandra Chowaniak placed second overall by covering the mile-and-a-half course in 10 minutes, 19 seconds.

Just three seconds behind her was Rose Craig, whose time of 10:22 earned third place overall. 

Also in the top 10 were Ava Hoveke in sixth place (10:28) and Alexa Vateva (10:31) in seventh.

This is the first time the Elm girls have won the LNAC cross country title. The previous three years the Cougars have finished second.

The team was coached this season by Elm teachers Ms. Meg Walsh and Ms. Clare Thomas.


2018 Team Roster


The following girls participated in Elm cross country this fall. Congratulations to everyone who competed for the Cougars during this championship year!

2018 ELM GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

Annelise Alvarenga | 7th

Jessica Gilmore | 7th

Claire Skelly | 8th

Victoria Basta | 7th

Ava Hoveke | 7th

Sofia Soto | 8th

Riley Bischoff | 7th

Tania Isom | 7th

Julia Szydlik | 8th

Crystal Caballero | 8th

Ellie Johnson | 8th

Dounia Timejardine | 8th

Cassandra Chowaniak | 7th

Eva Mylonas | 7th

Zyana Turcias | 7th

Rose Craig | 7th

Leani Perez | 7th

Alexa Vateva | 7th

Jaylen Fuentes | 7th

Jayanara Rivera | 8th

Emily Wal | 7th


Photos from the 2018 Season


Elm girls cross country

Conference Meet, Oct. 2, 2018. District 401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for larger view).


Elm girls cross country

Conference Meet, Oct. 2, 2018. District 401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for larger view).


Elm girls cross country

Conference Meet, Oct. 2, 2018. District 401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for larger view).


Elm girls cross country

Conference Meet, Oct. 2, 2018. District 401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for larger view).


Elm girls cross country

Conference Meet, Oct. 2, 2018. District 401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for larger view).


Elm girls cross country

Conference Meet, Oct. 2, 2018. District 401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for larger view).


Elm girls cross country

Conference Meet, Oct. 2, 2018. District 401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for larger view).


Elm girls cross country

Conference Meet, Oct. 2, 2018. District 401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for larger view).


Elm girls cross country

Celebrating the championship! Photo courtesy of Elm Twitter (click image for larger view).


Elm girls cross country

Elm's top 10 finishers display the team trophy. From left: Cassandra Chowaniak, Ava Hoveke, Rose Craig, Alexa Vateva. D401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for larger view).


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