Boys' Cross Country - Varsity
Founders League Tournament
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Choate Rosemary Hall
Placed Second
We knew Loomis would be untouchable, and we were hoping for a strong second place showing. Yet we also knew Choate and Hotchkiss, whom we had beaten in the dual meets, would be gunning for us. And then there was also Avon, whom we had not raced, but whose results were nearly identical to ours, except that they also had one incredibly fast runner. In record warm temperatures, our boys set off to run as a pack. That has been the key to our success all season long and would be absolutely critical today. As runners came down through the home stretch, the Avon boy held the lead over 3 Loomis runners. Then came Hotchkiss, another Loomis, and a Choate boy. This was to be expected. It was quite possible that we would not place anyone in the top 10. But don't tell that to the Celebi brothers. Tate blitzed through in 8th (17:44) just edging out his brother, co-captain Jude (17:45) who took 9th. Avon took 10th, and then Ali Griswold earned 11th in 17:54 with Rory McNamara right behind him in 17:55. After a Hotchkiss boy crossed, Huck Griswold completed our scoring by taking 14th in 17:59. Our top 5 had been an unbelievably tight pack as they finished within 15 seconds of each other, and each of them garnered Founders' League All-Star status by finishing in the top 15. Malin Adams came through in 19th as we had somehow placed 6 runners in the top 20 of the entire league. Augi Booth, who was not at 100%, finished in 33rd. With 54 points, we were 22 points behind Loomis but 21 points ahead of third place Avon. In the JV race, Trevor Stellmach led the way with a 9th place finish in 20:23 to earn Founders' League JV All-Star status. Jed Spencer was our second runner across the line finishing in 21:38 to take 24th. Eli Arroyo, had been step for step with Jed, but twisted his ankle just before the homestretch. Despite having to limp across the finish line, Eli was our third best and placed 40th in 22:51. Had he not twisted his ankle, Eli would have placed around 25th, just behind Jed. Jayden Piparo and Michael Ren finished side-by-side to finish our JV scoring--the first time Michael has been in the JV top 5. They came through in 23:54 and 23:58. After them, Tonchok Dhanasarnsilp and Edward Tse crossed consecutively in 24:19 and 24:25. Rounding out our JV crew were Bobby Wu (25:02), Steven Zhang (25:26), Christian Yeung (26:58) and Gavin Poon (29:07). The JV results earned them 5th place in the 9-school Founders' League.