On Thursday, October 19, the middle school cross country team had its last meet of the season at the CCC Invitational at Twin Brook. Graced with another warm and sunny autumn day, the teams came ready to run and see what they were made of after a short six week season.
Keeping with the tradition this year, the girls’ team of seven went out first at a blistering pace from the start and held tight through the entire race with PRs for nearly the entire group. Maeve Woodruff and Nora Goldberg-Courtney led the way taking 5th and 8th place, respectively. Leah Muentener, Isla Barmby, Phoebe Veitch, Emma Haims, and Lydia Sharp all ran beautifully and strategically to land an historic 2nd place in the CCC in a field of 103 runners from 16 scoring teams (at least 5 runners). Congrats to the girls on a groundbreaking finish for MCWS XC!
The boys’ seven went next, again fast out of the gates to try to secure a position at the front of the pack. We certainly felt the absence of Bryan Stark-Chessa, but all seven boys ran with true grit as Louis Walker and John Miles Muentener pushed hard through the two miles along with Wes Teegarden, Caleb Stefanakos, Bodhi Lloyd, Harry Walker, and Conrad Anderson. Each and every one earned a PR in the race and a fourth place finish in a field of 104 runners and thirteen scoring teams. Great job by the boys!
Last, but certainly not least, came the co-ed race led by Christian Lukis, Nate Barmby, Noah Corcoran, Wyatt Bruce and Alec Benton with Noah and Wyatt each earning a PR. The trio of Lauren Willard, Noah Kessler, and Rylan Siegel cruised the course and landed huge PRs for Lauren and Rylan. Ben Meza, Lila Salter-Gurau, and Minka Holtrop all ran solid races to finish off the season with a sixth place finish in a field of 141 runners. Another great job!
And that’s a wrap. Thanks to Susan Sonntag and Lisa Mainella for their help organizing and arranging everything from transportation to electronic roster submissions. Thanks to all who came out to cheer on the team at various locations around southern Maine, and thanks to the team parents for giving us the opportunity to work with your children for the last several weeks. And I can’t offer up a big enough thank you for our rock star assistant coach, Dana Anderson. She was indispensable throughout the entire season and I am certain the team’s experience and outcome would have been greatly diminished without her.
Happy trails…John Olson