Strong Showing for Wolfpack Cross Country at MPS Invitational

Hyde XC @ Marianapolis Invitational

Wheeler-36 Dexter-Southfield 122 WMA- 163 Watkinson-182 Worcester-188 Williams-202 PCD-228

Chase-231 Pomfret-256 Rectory-256 Hyde-288 South Kent-295 Macduffie-300 STM-311 MPS-324

Saint Andrews-346 Kingswood Oxford-407 Winchendon-417 Rocky Hill-534

Hyde Cross Country made the short trip over to Marianapolis to take part in their annual invitational. . Our guys showed another round of significant growth averaging 20:10 over the course. The MPS course is a fast one, over grass and trail, with a few rolling hills but very smooth terrain in comparison to other courses we’ve raced this season. The guys took advantage of that and ran their best times so far. The Wolfpack was led by Andrew West ‘17 with a 4th place finish in the field of 244 runners. He finished the course in a very quick 17:30 this is 1 minute and 18 seconds faster than his previous best this season. When compared to competition in the SENE it seems that Andrew is closing the gap on the top runners in the league. Khalil Johnson ‘17 and Mehki McCray ’17 continued to push each other finishing in 20:08 and 20:09 respectively roughly 50 seconds faster for each of them. They each finished in the top 25% of the field. Omar Raddaoui ’17 also dropped a full minute off of his previous best this season running 20:54 and finishing in 79th of 244. Ryan Wang and Tom Huang also set PRs today, but the biggest improvement for the day belonged to Thomas Yao ’20 who finished in 26:30. Maybe it was the motivation of racing against some of his old friends from Rectory, or maybe it was his improved effort in practices over the past week. Either way, this is an improvement of 4 minutes and 25 seconds over his previous best. Leo Keisman also had a major personal victory today as he finished his first 5k in 32:14 it has taken Leo a great deal of effort to get to this point. I hope he takes pride in his progress so far and look forward to seeing him improve throughout the season. We look forward to running against Worcester this Saturday. The boys pulled off an 11th place finish out of more than 20 teams who attended the meet and 19 scoring boys teams, many of which belong to the larger school divisions in the NEPSTA championship races. They should be very proud of what they accomplished today, both individually and as a team.

Coach Welch