Rotolo Middle School's Cross Country Teams Celebrate the Joy of Running -- and Winning

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Rotolo Middle School's Cross Country Teams Celebrate the Joy of Running -- and Winning


Byline: Submitted by Christopher Cudworth

At the start of the Oct. 18 IESA State Cross Country meet for middle school athletes, members of Batavia's Rotolo Middle School girls team knew they had a good chance to do well.

The season had provided many opportunities not only for victory, but for personal development, growth and personal records along the way.

That's how coaches Kate Hillman and Angela Carlson plan and conduct the program. Every girl on the team is valued and everyone gets to participate.

That's how Ines de Traglia learned she could be a runner. As a student who alternately lives with her father's family in America and spends summers in Spain with her mother, Ines relished the chance to run and train with a program featuring close to 100 other girls.

"I like running," she says. "And I liked competing and moving up from like 40th to 30th in a race."

When her opportunity to shine in the JV conference race came along, Ines raced to a seventh-place overall finish, enjoying the fact that she could see the leader the entire race.

Migrating from soccer to cross country was equally joyful for seventh-grader Mia Gianfrancesco, whose father is Batavia's head soccer coach.

"I think there was quite a bit of transfer from playing soccer to running cross country," her mother Nina observed. "But the running was different. The team operates like a family. And then Mia set goals toward the end of the season and kept setting new PRs (personal records)."

Indeed, Mia and her teammate Megan Ronzone were team leaders all year. Mia placed ninth in the state meet and Ronzone finished in the high 20s to lead Rotolo Middle School to a statewide IESA Class 3A girls cross country championship.

Megan Ronzone loves the fact that everyone on the team takes a humble approach to success.

"Plus, our coaches help us get ready for meets by reminding us that this is just a race," she said. "We're not nervous or anything, just excited to be running."

The women's team that placed in state consisted of seven girls: Josie Adams, Alexa Andrews, Audrey Pellico, Erin Golden, Mia Gianfrancesco, Anna Holcombe and Megan Ronzone.

The same sentiment rules on the boys Rotolo team, which placed third in state. Eighth-grader Beau Cunningham relates that the team's schedule includes both dual and invitational meets, giving runners a chance to develop during the season.

"Then, when we got downstate, our coaches told us not to freak out," he said. …

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