Sundo said that the girls’ team’s response to Malone’s foot was to win the section and move in the right direction. The entire starting five stepped up their running. Caitlin Janeda and Clare Brown were a couple of Sundo’s examples, as well as Alex Rode and Sabrina Palmieri. Palmieri had set performance goals in 2011, and Rode fought through IT band injuries in 2012. The result of all individual efforts was a stronger North Hills team.
“Throughout this whole season there have been many obstacles in front of us. This can do one of two things. It can carry you down or make you a stronger person if you let it,” said Sundo. “This team faced adversity and subsequently has become a very cohesive group and a stronger group with Shannon on the sidelines cheering them on. Adversity can be a funny thing. This team has chosen to embrace it.”