Boys' Cross Country - Varsity
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Williston Northampton School
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Williston Northampton School
Win 22-35
On another beautiful, yet unseasonably warm and humid Saturday afternoon this fall, the Taft Boys’ XC team hit the road for dual meet against The Williston Northampton School. Under the sheer cliffs of the Holyoake Mountains and Autumnal colors of changing foliage, Taft took the line against a well-matched WNS. At the halfway point of the race, Ben Roberts was dueling against Williston’s number one runner, Nick Sinofsky, Calvin Roberts and Joey Nihil had opened up leads against the WNS number 2 and 3 runners, Oscar DeFrancis and Nat Markey, while Taftees Isaac Lennon, Barrett Wong, and Ian Wohlhieter worked together as a pack to battle Williston’s varsity runners through the midway point of the race. In the end, the Rhinos edged out their competition, winning their individual races and the meet overall. Ben Roberts opened up a lead in the final mile and was able to hold on to the win despite the strong kick by Sinofsky, who placed second just a single second behind Roberts. The hard-fought win marks the first individual victory for Roberts overall (on his birthday, none-the-less). Palmer and Nihil continued to open up their lead on their 2 and 3 counterparts, placing 3rd and 5th in the meet. Taft sealed the win when Lennon and Wong made their move in the final leg of the race with strong kicks, moving up in the pack and finishing sixth and seventh overall to close out Taft’s scoring. Wohlhieter was not far behind, as he finished 9th, displacing Williston’s fourth and fifth runners. Philip Huang also had one of his strongest runs of the season finishing 12th overall. By executing their game plan of winning the individual matchups and battles over the wooded 3.1 mile course, Taft secured the 22-35 victory. On the JV side, the Taft boys lost a close race by a score of 27-30. The Rhino’s got out to a strong start with Marcus Valenta, Stefan Kim, and Yuk Sum Chan placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the JV category. However, Williston proved to be deeper on the JV side, as a slew of boys in blue jerseys crossed the line in close succession after Chan. Colin Schlissel and Phil Zanone closed out the scoring for Big Red, finishing in 9th and 14th place in the JV category. Despite the overall slow conditions of the course, Yuk Sum Chan, Ben Weinstein, and Omar Veliz ran personal bests on the day.