Wolfpack Boys Cross Country @ Cheshire
Boys XC Results:
CA 19 vs. Hyde 39
WMA 17 vs. Hyde 42
This week, the Wolfpack boys Cross Country team faced Cheshire Academy and Wilbraham & Monson Academy at Cheshire’s home course. The course was a combination of grass fields and trail, boasting the steepest inclines the boys have faced this season. The absence of key runners such as Corban Basile ’18 and Reno Lowder ’19 greatly reduced the prospects of scoring competitively as a unit. Despite the disadvantage, the team faced the strong competition and challenging course with tremendous grit and spirit.
With more seasoned veteran runners out, this week was a time for up and coming novice runners to shine. First year runner, Alex Sobel ’17, is beginning to establish himself as a top 10 runner in the division. This week, Sobel finished 7th of the 36 runners with a time of 21:38. Omar Raddoui ’17, another promising first-year runner, shaved a full five minutes of his previous race time when he arrived 13th with a finishing time of 22:50. Charlie Tran (PG) came in shortly after Raddoui, finishing the race 16th, with a time of 23:13, a two minute improvement from his previous race time on the highly technical Williams course. Having demonstrated the greatest individual improvement in last week’s race, novice runner Tom Huang ’17 continues to demonstrate his unwavering commitment to his personal best. Huang finished this week’s race in 25:04. For the fourth consecutive week this season, Huang has raced his personal best. Pietro Agostini ’17 declared, “I am too fast!” on the ride home following another drop in in his personal best. He dropped more than 3 minutes from his previous best and more than 8 minutes this season. The amount of hard work the boys put into the first half of their season will serve as a strong foundation for the second half of the season.
While the boys did not walk away victorious this time, the team continues to grow into a strong contender in the SENE. Every runner who competed in the race achieved a personal best performance by at least 30 seconds showing we are on the right path for peak performance at the end of the season. We look forward to our race at Marianapolis during family weekend where we hope to have all of the guys together and ready to compete.
Wolfpack Girls Cross Country @ Cheshire
Girls XC Results:
WMA 18 vs. Hyde 38
CA 15 vs. Hyde 46
This week, the Wolfpack girls Cross Country team faced Cheshire Academy and Wilbraham & Monson Academy at Cheshire’s home course. The course was a combination of grass fields and trail, boasting the steepest inclines the girls have faced this season. This week marks a momentous occasion for the girls; for the first time this season, they were able to score as a team! While there were three teams present at the race, the meet was scored as a dual meet. The girls lost to Wilbraham & Monson and Cheshire Academy by 20 and 31 points respectively. While the team did not walk away victorious this meet, this week’s race marks the first of many opportunities for the girls to work and grow as a unit this season.
While the overall team performance left something to be desired, individual performances demonstrate continuous growth and dedication. Having demonstrated the greatest individual improvement in last week’s race, novice runner Tori Luo ‘18 continues to demonstrate her unwavering commitment to her personal best. Luo finished 10th out of 20 in this week’s race with a time of 28:13, her fastest time this season and nearly three minutes faster than her previous race time. Over the the course of the season she has dropped more than 14 minutes. Novice runners Chibitora Wu ’16 and Allison Guan ’16 finished in 12th and 13th place respectively. Both Wu and Guan finished in less than 30 minutes for the first time this season, this also marks 14 minutes in improvement for Ms. Wu. Cameron Yale ’17 drops another full minute from her personal best as she gets closer to the pack, 3 minutes on the season. While individual runners have demonstrated tremendous growth and promise, it is important for the girls to find their rhythm as a scoring unit as they enter the second half of their season.