Jill Englebert knew it was the boost she needed from the moment she heard it.
After finishing third at the Fox River Classic Conference East Division cross-country meet on Oct. 4, the Green Bay Preble senior listened to a song entitled “Feel Again” for the first time over the weekend and began feeling better about her chances to win conference.
With the tune by the band OneRepublic engrained in her head, Englebert edged Green Bay East’s Emily McCoy to win the FRCC’s girls individual title with a time of 15 minutes, 12 seconds on Thursday at Colburn Park.
“It had a real good beat, so I kind of based my stride off of it,” said Englebert, who took second at last year’s conference meet.
Although McCoy and Bay Port’s Elsie Myers were within a few strides of her for a majority of the race, Englebert said she managed to stay calm and relaxed, unlike her previous outing when McCoy bested her at Sheboygan South.
“I was kind of worried coming into it because I didn’t have the greatest race last week. Everybody has their bad races, and I knew one was going to come sooner or later. I’m glad I got mine out of the way before the bigger meets.”
Meanwhile, Green Bay Notre Dame won the girls team title over Preble by a 47-69 margin after finishing second to the Hornets last year.
Notre Dame is ranked second in Division 2 by the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association and it was easy to see why Thursday.
Although the team score accounts for only the top five runners, the Tritons had seven of its varsity competitors finish in the top 18, beginning with senior Olivia Letter placing seventh.
“They know they are stronger as a pack,” Notre Dame coach John Gard said about the group, which includes four freshmen. “The great thing about the pack is these kids will talk to each other during a race and bring each other along. They do not leave each others side.”
FRCC Conference Meet Girls
Team scores: Green Bay Notre Dame 47, Green Bay Preble 69, Bay Port 102, Sheboygan North 105, Green Bay East 163, Ashwaubenon 172, De Pere 173, Pulaski 211, Manitowoc 227, Sheboygan South 301, Green Bay Southwest 334, Green Bay West 378.
Top individuals: 1, Jill Englebert, GBP, 15:12.47; 2, Emily McCoy, GBE, 15:26.42; 3, Elsie Myers, BP, 15:35.67; 4, Katie Anderson, Pul, 15:37.48; 5, Morgan Jindra, GBP, 15:41.26; 6, Kathrine Reinemann, SN, 15:43.68; 7, Olivia Letter, ND, 15:45.02; 8, Kristen Burkel, ND, 15:46.37; 9, Claire Skaletski, ND, 15:50.26; 10, McKenna Egnarski, Pul, 15:53.58.