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Barrington's Conroy is in her element

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Palatine's Tess Wasowicz leads Lauren Conroy of Barrington, right, and Caroline Kurdej of Schaumburg after first lap of girls varsity Mid-Suburban League cross country championship at Busse Woods.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Freshman Lauren Conroy of Barrington finishes first in the Mid-Suburban League girls cross country championship.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Kaitlyn Ko of Buffalo Grove takes third place, just ahead of Palatine's Tess Wasowicz, in the Mid-Suburban League girls cross country championship.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Caroline Kurdej of Schaumburg, left, and Barrington's Lauren Conroy are neck and neck halfway through the Mid-Suburban League girls cross country championship.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

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Barrington freshman Lauren Conroy prepared for the worst and ended up the best. Conroy knew she'd be dealing with some nasty weather at the Mid-Suburban League girls cross country meet at Busse Woods Forest Preserve, and a persistent rain didn't disappoint her. But Conroy made the best of a not-so-ideal situation, taking command of the race in the final 400 meters to win the MSL title in 17:28. Conroy stuck with Palatine senior Tess Wasowicz early, then jockeyed with Schaumburg sophomore Caroline Kurdej the final 2 miles before making her title surge in the home straightaway. "Coach (Revolta) told us to prepare for the worse," said Conroy regarding the weather conditions. "I just kind of went out and had fun with it." Wasowizc (17:46) and junior Jessica Lincoln (18:00) took fourth and fifth place leading Palatine to the team title with 52 points. The Pirates were followed closely by Barrington (58 points).
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    • Palatine’s Tess Wasowicz leads Lauren Conroy of Barrington, right, and Caroline Kurdej of Schaumburg after first lap of girls varsity Mid-Suburban League cross country championship at Busse Woods.
    •  Freshman Lauren Conroy of Barrington finishes first in the Mid-Suburban League girls cross country championship.
    •  Kaitlyn Ko of Buffalo Grove takes third place, just ahead of Palatine’s Tess Wasowicz, in the Mid-Suburban League girls cross country championship.
    •  Caroline Kurdej of Schaumburg, left, and Barrington’s Lauren Conroy are neck and neck halfway through the Mid-Suburban League girls cross country championship.
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