Boys' Cross Country - Varsity
Northfield Mount Hermon School
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Loomis Chaffee School
Loss 39-19
On an unseasonably warm and humid October afternoon, the Taft XC boys’ traveled to Loomis Chaffee for a quad meet with Northfield Mount Hermon and Hotchkiss. While the team results did not go in favor of the Rhinos, dropping the three individual match-ups, Taft took solace in a number of individual victories on the course. Ben Roberts led Taft, taking out the race with a blistering 5:08. Ultimately, Ben took an 8th place with a 17:09 finish in a deep field between the four schools. Calvin Palmer had another strong race as the number two runner for Taft, improving upon his season PR and personal best on the Loomis course, finishing 13th with a 17:40. Barrett Wong had an outstanding race, as he continues to shred time off his PR each week. Barrett started in the back of field and slowly worked his way up until he was in the top 25, and edging a few runners in the last couple hundred meters with a strong kick for a 21st place finish in a time of 18:37. The four, five and six runners for Taft were not far behind Wong, as Joey Nihil had a great first race for the Rhino’s, coming off a knee injury, running a 18:50 (25th); Ian Wohlhieter took a second off his PR, running a 18:51 (26th), and Isaac Lennon dipped under 19 minutes with a 18:57 finish (28th). In the JV race, Stefan Kim led the Rhino charge with a huge PR, taking 42 seconds off his previous best, and running a 20:15 for 23rd place. Kim is having a great start to the season, and he is emerging as one of the young leaders in the program. Will de Melo also had a big day for his personal best; in his third year in the program, Will shattered his previous best of 24:32, running an impressive 22:47 and dropping 1:45 from his total time. Ben Mariani and Ben Weinstein had big days for Big Red, cutting :47 and :41 off their previous bests. Taft XC is off next week, but looking forward to Williston the following week, as they travel on 10/21 to the flat, fast course.