Bath: Hyde Phoenix XC Season in Review

HYDE PHOENIX END SPECTACULAR SEASON WITH A TOUGH LOSS

After nearly three months of hard work, dedication, and high spirits, as well as seven straight MAISAD victories, the Hyde Phoenix finished their spectacular rise at the NEPTSA Division IV New England Championships at Hebron Academy last Saturday.  A competitive field of runners, the absence of two key varsity runners, and the tragic leg injury of team leader Zach Betancourt ’12 made it hard to compete and Hyde Bath left with a ninth place finish out of nineteen teams competing.

In the varsity race Hyde put one runner in the top ten – Cody Mitchell ’13 at 8th place with an impressive time of 19:29, besting all other MAISAD runners present.  The 2nd place finish for the team came compliments of Captain Benny Webber ‘12 (34th place, 20:45).  Ben – Hyde’s “Athlete of the Week” – was followed closely by senior Jamie McCracken ’12 (38th, 20:49).  Rounding out the team’s scorers were the wounded Zach Betancourt ’12 and senior Brian Liu ’12.  Our two last minute additions to the varsity roster were key JV competitors Matt Landry ’13 and Richard Liu ’14, who both put in their best in a tough situation.  Hyde’s lone JV runner was freshman Joey Romo ’15, who earned a ribbon by placing 20th in the JV race with a time of 23:24.  For complete results, check out coolrunning.com or click here.

Our season-ender, though disappointing, only served to highlight what a miraculous season the Phoenix have had.  From putting in some early miles at Popham Beach to our voluntary road race relay victories at the Maine Marathon to dominating both the varsity and JV fields at MAISADS last week, the team has been having fun, building character, and making memories that will last a lifetime.  None of us will soon forget the thrill of besting all but one team at the Marianapolis Invitational, taking the top spot at the UMA Benefit Race, or waking up early to honor the victims of 9/11 at a speedy 5k (see photos attached).  Coach Rowe’s preemptive ringing of the victory bell on the first day of practice, though risky, augured a season of hard-earned success – proving that we, the Phoenix, could create our own destiny.  The bell may have stayed quiet this week, but Hyde has gotten used to its victorious clanging!

Coaches Rowe and Middleton couldn’t be happier with the progress that many of our runners have made this season and they are both confident that this year’s MAISAD victory will be the beginning of a dynasty as our Cross Country program looks forward to the 2012 season with such talented underclassmen as Cody Mitchell ’13, Isaac Preston ’13, Griffin Palola-Harriman ’14, Richard Liu ’14, Matt Landry ’13, and Thomas Pennington ’13. With these leaders as well as new draftees, the next generation of Hyde runners is sure to see the continuation of Phoenix Rising!

The Phoenix would like to send its thanks to the families who have supported the program, as well as the students and faculty of Hyde Schools for providing us with so much well-earned cheer and applause.  We hope to see you out there in 2012 and – as always  – go Phoenix!!