Boys' Cross Country - Varsity
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Trinity-Pawling School
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Choate Rosemary Hall
Win 18-45
On Saturday, 9/30, Taft Boys’ Cross Country traveled to Choate’s course for a tri-meet with Choate and Trinity Pawling. Both the Varsity and JV were issued a loss by a talented and deep Choate team, but managed to nab a victory from Trinity Pawling. Leading the varsity squad was Ben Roberts, who ran a gutsy race on Choate’s hilly course. He locked in with Dahir and Birney of Choate, two exceptional and accomplished runners, and although they were able to hold on in the final stretch by a few yards, Ben was pulled along to a great time of 16:53 (5:26 pace), finishing third overall. Calvin Palmer led the next pack, battling with a handful of Choate runners. Calvin was able to pull away in the final mile with a strong kick and his fastest mile of the race, ultimately placing fourth with a time of 18:06 (5:50 pace). Seniors and newcomers to the team, Isaac Lennon and Ian Wohlhieter, ran in a pack with veteran Barrett Wong finishing just behind the lead TP runner, Grande. The group ran well together, Wong and Lennon finishing with a time of 18:48 and Wohlheiter just behind with a time of 18:52, placing 10th, 11th, and 12th. This was a major PR and breakthrough for Wong, crushing his time from last week by over 40 seconds. The three teammates stand to have a incredible season, working together as the 3, 4 , and 5 runner for the team. Philip Huang also improved on his season best, dipping under the 20 minute mark for the first time this season with a time of 19:39 (6:19 pace). Marcus Valenta rounded out the performance for the varsity men, running another huge personal record with a time of 20:05, taking off over 1:20 off his previous best. Both Philip and Marcus have gotten faster each week and stand to break a big times next week on Loomis’ fast course. The varsity boys are now 1-1 in head-to-head competition. Colin Schissel and Stefan Kim led the JV team, running 20:53 and 20:57 (6:43 and 6:45 pace), placing 8th and 9th overall. YukSum Chan had a nice running debut, running 21:26 and breaking a 7 minute mile pace and coming in 13th in the race. Philip Zanone and Kai Kostmayer both stepped up in their debut with big races and scoring for their team. Will de Mello broke his personal best in the race by running a 24:32. The JV boys are also 1-1 on the season.