St. Andrews- 86
Fishers Island 121
The Wolfpack boys Cross Country team returned to the Williams School in New London, CT. This time around, the boys faced teams from Providence Country Day, the Fisher Island School, the Williams School, and St. Andrews. The boys had a strong opening to their season when they raced this hilly and highly technical course just two weeks ago. Returning to the trail with another race and two weeks of disciplined training under their belts, the boys returned to the course with strengthened resolve.
The boy’s performance this week was truly a testament to their hard work and a continuation of the team’s upward trend. Every runner improved their race time; with the largest improvement seen in Tom Huang ’18, who shaved a whopping 12 minutes and 25 seconds off his previous time. First-year runners Omar Raddoui ’17, Andrew Fusco ’16, and Pietro Agostini ’17 all improved their times by more than three minutes. In his third race ever, Charlie Tran (PG) finished with a time of 25:15. While Tran claims to be more comfortable on the basketball court, he shows tremendous promise as a runner. Tran is shaping up to be a valuable asset to the team. Coming in second overall at 19:25, veteran runner, Corban Basile ’18, improved his time by 19 seconds and continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the SENE.
While individual performances showed tremendous promise, the absence of key athletes who are currently recuperating from minor injuries or away for the weekend impacted overall team performance. The Wolfpack came in third, 13 points behind the first place winner. Based on the previous race times of injured and absent runners, the team would have had a clear shot at first. While the boys did not walk away victorious this time, the team is shaping up to be a strong contender in the SENE. As we prepare for the Marianapolis Invitational, our largest competition yet, the team will focus on the development of targeted paces and strengthening runners recovering from injuries. The meet will include our introduction to returning SENE champions Wheeler. This meet takes place at Marianapolis on Wednesday afternoon and will be a great indicator of how we stack up against teams from the SENE and beyond. We look forward to having our top 7 back together for this race, something we haven’t seen since our introductory meet. Wish them luck!!
Hyde- No Score
PCD- No Score
The Wolfpack girls Cross Country team returned to the Williams School in New London, CT. This time around, the girls faced teams from Providence Country Day, the Fisher Island School, the Williams School, and St. Andrews. Just two weeks ago, the girls showed tremendous determination on this hilly and highly technical course. This week, the team returned with another race and two weeks of disciplined training under their belts. Their performance was truly a testament to their hard work and a continuation of the team’s upward trend.
Every runner improved their race time; with the largest improvement seen in first-year runner, Tori Luo ’18, who managed to shave an impressive 7 minutes and 51 seconds off her previous time. Arriving seventh overall, novice runner, Chibitora Wu ’16, finished with a time of 30:40, improving on her previous time by more than five minutes. Running this course for the first time this season, Allison Guan ’16 finished one second after Wu, arriving 8th overall. Guan’s strong debut performance on this challenging course shows tremendous promise. In her second race of the season, first-year runner, Cameron Yale ’16, met the challenge with courage. Crossing the finish line at 33:14, a two minute improvement over her race from last week it was clear she had given the race her all. Yale’s grit and determination will serve her well as the season progresses.
While individual performances indicated tremendous growth and potential, the girls were unable to score as a team due to the absence of Achaita Gakou ’18. Based on Gakou’s previous race time on this course, the team could have easily placed second at this meet and established themselves as a strong contender in the SENE. While the girls were unable to walk away victorious this time, they are shaping up to be a competitive team this season. The girls will see another opportunity to put it all together and have 5 girls cross the line at the Marianapolis Invitational this Wednesday to see what they can do as a team against competition from the SENE and beyond. As they prepare, the team will focus on the development of targeted paces and continue to develop the experience of novice runners.