For the past month or so, Parsippany senior Ally Schlosser knew that she just wasn’t feeling right, that she was capable of better times. Schlosser had trouble breathing properly, but “didn’t think it was a big deal.”
Three weeks ago, at the Manhattan Invitational, Schlosser received a major scare. Two weeks ago, complete disaster struck during the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Championships at Greystone Park. Schlosser was believed to be the favorite to win the small-schools division.
“At the two-mile mark, I felt the throat closing again and got really scared,” Schlosser said.
So instead of trying to continue, Schlosser pulled out of the race, which was won by Mary Lynch of Villa Walsh.
“I went to an emergency care place after the race and I was diagnosed with asthma,” Schlosser said. “It was a combination of seasonal asthma and exercise-induced asthma. I was given a nebulizer and after that, I felt a significant difference. My entire throat opened up. I always had allergies in the past and I thought that could have been a part of it. It wasn’t a serious condition, just something I didn’t know I had.”
Last Tuesday, a healthy Schlosser returned to Greystone Park for the Morris County Championships.
“I definitely was coming back with a vengeance,” Schlosser said. “I felt good and that was the first step.”
The second step was completing the race in fine fashion, finishing third behind two-time county champ Sierra Castaneda of West Morris and runner-up Abby Loveys, the fabulous freshman from Randolph.
Castaneda won the race in an impressive 18:06.56, besting her personal record at Greystone by six seconds. Loveys crossed the line next in 18:18.57, followed by the girl who had collapsed on the course the previous week. Schlosser came home in a solid 18:38.88 with no signs of being ill or injured.
“That was a 24-second PR (personal record) for me at Greystone,” Schlosser said. “I was breathing freely. I proved what I knew I could do. Coming from not being able to race the week before and finishing third a week later. The only place I can go from here is up.”
Ally’s younger brother Eric Schlosser, a Parsippany junior, finished 24th at the Morris County Championships in 16:57.54.
“I’m so proud of him, because he finally broke 17 minutes,” Schlosser said. “He has the confidence that I never had. He does things more often than you think. He ignores the doubters and just does his thing. I wish I could run like that.”
Schlosser is considering attending Duquesne, Northeastern, Miami of Ohio, Boston University or Marquette next fall, with the hope of majoring in physical therapy while competing as a runner.
The healthy Schlosser is now gearing up for the NJSIAA North 2 Group II sectional that will take place at Greystone Park next Saturday. Her main competition will be Paige Petty of Bernards, the runner who beat Schlosser last year at the sectional by almost a full minute.
“I get one more shot at Greystone,” said Schlosser, who was second in the state sectional last fall. “I’ve been there so many times, but I’m glad to get one more shot. … I think I’m in the mindset that I can run with Paige and see where it ends up.”
Best of the boys
The Morristown stampede to the boys’ team title at the Morris County Championships was more than impressive, with the Colonials finishing 1-2-3 en route to an easy team victory. The trio of champion Evan Quinn (15:53.41), runner-up Eric Clay (16:04.20) and third place finisher Ben Edwards (16:07.86) finishing the way they did is totally unprecedented.
A golfer in the spring, Quinn has progressed from being a middle of the pack runner to a consistent champion in the course of a year.
If the top three continue to perform like they have, Morristown is a sure-fire favorite to capture the team title at the NJSIAA North 1 Group IV championships next Saturday at Garret Mountain in Woodland Park.
The NJSIAA sectional meets take place next Saturday, with NJAC teams at Garret Mountain in Woodland Park (North 1) and Greystone Park in Morris Plains (North 2). The Group II girls toe the line at 10 a.m., followed by Group III girls at 10:25, Group II boys at 10:50, Group III boys at 11:15 a.m., Group I girls at 11:40, Group IV girls at 12:05, Group I boys at 12:30 and Group IV boys at 12:55.
Five of the top 14 girls’ cross country performers in Morris County are just freshmen. It’s clearly the best overall performance by a rookie class in recent memory.
Loveys heads the freshman class with her second-place finish at the county meet. She was followed by fellow frosh Anna George of Montville (fourth), Megan Timoney of Mendham (ninth), Julia Herraiz of Roxbury (11th) and Angelina Tarabokija of Kinnelon (14th).