The Wolfpack Boys Cross Country Team Reunites to Establish a Competitive League Presence
This was a big week for the Wolfpack boy’s Cross Country team! On Saturday, the boys faced teams from the MacDuffie Shool, St. Thomas More, and Worcester Academy on Marianapolois Prep’s home course. It was a beautiful day for a race and for the first time in several weeks, the boys were able to race as a full team. Both team and individual performances this week were a testament to the hard work the boys have put forth over the course of this season and reflected the team’s commitment to putting forth their personal best each and every time.
As a team, the boys came in third out of the five teams present with an overall score of 69. While the team lost to Worcester Academy and the MacDuffie School, they were able to outcompete St. Thomas More and the Marianapolis team on their home course! The team’s average finishing time was 20:52, a mere 25 seconds slower than the average time of the MacDuffie School team. These results show that the boys have grown into a competitive presence in their division, which is bodes well for the second half of their season and the upcoming SENE championships.
This week’s strong team performance was made possible by the hard work and dedication of individuals on the team. The team’s five scoring runners all finished in the top 25 of 59 runners. After a two-week hiatus, veteran runners Corban Basile ’18 and Reno Lowder ’19 rejoined the team. Their absence has had a tremendous impact on the team’s ability to score competitively at the last two races. This being said, both Basile and Lowder came back strong and played a key role in securing this week’s victories. Both boys gave everything they had and set personal records. Lowder finished 15th with a time of 20:44. Basile finished 4th with a time of 18:40, which breaks down an average mile time of 6 minutes! Basile’s performance this week solidified his status as a force to be reckoned with in the SENE.
First year runner, Alex Sobel ’17, continues to demonstrate his commitment to the sport and his value to his team. Sobel finished 17th overall with a time of 21:09 and an average mile of 6:48. Sobel’s performance this week further solidifies his status as a highly competitive runner in the division. The last two runners to score for the team this week were Thomas Schilling ’16 and first year runner, Omar Raddoui ’17. Schilling and Raddoui finished the race with times of 21:52 (22nd place) and 21:55 (23rd place) respectively.
While only five runners are able to score for the team, it is important to note some standout personal performances from non-scoring runners this week. Despite grappling with injury this season, Andrew Fusco ’16 and Andrew Dillenkofer ‘18 conquered their physical discomfort to complete the entire course and set personal records. Tom Huang ’17 finished in 23:14, which marks his fifth consecutive week of improvement and continues to secure his status as the most improved runner on the team this season.
This week’s victories over Mariannapolis and St. Thomas More were an opportunity for the boys to get a taste of the fruits of their labor both as individuals and as a team. As the boys progress through the second half of their season, they will focus on maintaining team momentum and cohesion. Individuals will continue to work on developing targeted distance paces in addition to incorporating more speed work. With the SENE championship rapidly approaching, the boys have established a competitive status in the league and show tremendous promise going forward.
The Wolfpack Girls Cross Country Team Prepares For a Strong Season Closer
Another big week for the Wolfpack girl’s Cross Country team! On Saturday, the girls faced teams from the MacDuffie Shool and Worcester Academy on Marianapolois Prep’s home course. This week’s race marks the second time the girls were able to score as a team and their first victory over a team in their league, the MacDuffie School. The girls finished in third out of the four teams. Relative to teams in their league, the girls came in second out of three, which indicates their potential to be a competitive force in the rapidly approaching SENE championships.
The tremendous improvement in team performance and cohesion seen this week was made possible by the hard work and dedication of individuals. The first girl to score for the team this week was Allison Guan ’16, an upcoming novice runner. Guan finished the race 19th out of 34 runners with a personal record of 27:06. The second two girls to score for the team were Chibitora Wu ’16 and Tori Luo ’18, who also finished with personal record times of 27:57 and 28:09, respectively. Luo’s performance this week marks her fifth consecutive week of improvement and continues to secure her status as the most improved runner on the team this season. The fourth runner to score for the girls team was Cameron Yale ’18, who showed tremendous grit when she worked through physical discomfort and finished the course with a time of 33:11. Over the course of the last two weeks, these top four scorers have managed to turn a corner with their training and mental fortitude. For each of these girls, this week’s race marks a second consecutive week finishing well under 30 minutes and a continuation of their growth as runners.
The girls have come a long way this season as a team and as individual runners. As the progress through the second half of their season, they will continue to develop team cohesion and their ability to work as a scoring unit. Individuals will continue to work on developing targeted distance paces in addition to incorporating more speed work. With the SENE championships rapidly approaching, the girls show potential for a competitive placement.