Cross country started this year quick out the gates with a race on the first full week of school. After training hard for five days, the race went way better than any could have anticipated. Winch had four runners in the top five (Austin, Fraser, Aiden, and Declan) as well as the 6th place Cole. The Wapiti also shined with Iliana Burton coming in first for the women (8th overall) with a fantastic time of 26:50. Other notable Wapiti were freshman Henry, Senior Jo-Jo, and junior Abby who all completed the newly designed course at home. The Wapiti had a clear victory over rival Macduffie, who held just two of the top ten runners.
9/17Cross country traveled to Macduffie on Saturday for an invitational to face 7 teams. Notably, Fraser came in second with a personal best time of 19:30 against 59 runners. Rounding out the top 20 runners included Austin (21:41), Aiden (22:25), and Mason (23:08). All times listed were personal bests! For girls, Iliana came in 4th out of 19 runners with a personal best time of 25:45. The boys team placed 4th out of 7 teams overall.
9/21Cross country raced at home against Providence Country Day School on Wednesday. Having met their team on Saturday at Macduffie, our team had a great strategy in place to secure a victory. Rounding out the top 5 out of 27 runners included Fraser, Austin, and Jack. Notably, Henry ran a personal best time of 25:27. Jo-Jo and Abby also ran personal best races.The boys took home a much needed victory to bring their season to 2-1.
9/24Cross Country raced at home against St. Andrews and Austin Prep on Saturday. 49 runners, a record number for a home meet, got the chance to race today. Notably, Fraser was able to secure a first place finish for our team. Shortly after, Mason was able to take 8th. Will ran a personal best this race of 31:31, which was almost 3 minutes faster than his previous race! Iliana, and Abby raced for the girls. Although the boys weren’t able to secure a victory, everyone ran incredibly well. This race brought their season to 2-2.
Cross Country traveled to Marianapolis on Wednesday to compete in their yearly invitational. Unfortunately, we had some injuries coming into this race that needed to be addressed. As such, 4 of our runners didn’t compete. Out of 120 runners, Fraser came in 11th! Austin and Jack rounded out the top 25 runners, coming in at 22nd and 25th, respectively. Despite the challenges, most runners set new personal bests for time. The team had a great time and the boys placed 6th out of 10 schools.