More than 400 middle school runners and their families descended on the Taft campus last week to compete in the 7th Annual Rhino Run Middle School Invitational.
Sara Iannone '13, an accomplished runner and then-captain of the girls' cross country team at Taft, organized the first race in 2011. Participation has grown every year since, with 422 runners from 12 schools navigating the 1.9 mile course this year. There is no cost for schools to participate; members of Taft's girls' and boys' cross country teams fully plan and execute the highly-regarded event.
"The Rhino Run has turned into a great tradition for the Taft athletes who organize it, and the middle school runners who conquer our campus hills," said Steve Palmer, the Taft coach who worked with Iannone to establish the Invitational race seven seasons ago.
Local schools competing in the event include Swift Junior High School, St. John the Evangelist, St. Mary Magdalen, Memorial Middle School, and Rochambeau Middle School.
Congratulations to all of the Rhino Run the participants. A full gallery of photos from the day is available here.
Girls' Top 15 Finishers
Place Time Name School
1 13:21 Charlotte Murphy
2 13:58 Charlotte Brummer, Rochambeau Middle School
3 14:07 Alexa Diorio, St. John the Evangelist
4 14:10 Eva Houlihan, Rochambeau Middle School
5 14:36 Stella Oldakowski
6 14:40 Madison Lacilla, St. John the Evangelist
7 14:45 Lindsay DiMeglio, Memorial Middle School
8 14:47 Madison Gibbs, St. John the Evangelist
9 14:53 Lilly Steenwerd, Rochambeau Middle School
10 14:54 Juliana Hodak, Blessed Sacrament
11 14:56 Payton Mozelak, St. John the Evangelist
12 14:57 Katie McKane, Memorial Middle School
13 14:58 M. Brennan, Memorial Middle School
14 15:00.46 Ritan Aivote, Rochambeau Middle School
15 15:00.84 Lexi Kulis, Rochambeau Middle School
Boys' Top 15 Finishers
1 11:57 Mason Conto, Rumsey Hall
2 12:07 Thomas Belcastro, Rumsey Hall
3 12:14 Isreal Caro, Swift Junior High
4 12:17 Huck Whittemore, Renbrook School
5 12:23 Joseph, St. John the Evangelist
6 12:25 Michael Connelly, Rochambeau Middle School
7 12:34 Kyle Fenn, Rochambeau Middle School
8 12:35 Ryan Oemecke, Rochambeau Middle School
9 12:36 Cullen Mulhern, Rumsey Hall
10 12:42 James Morice, Rochambeau Middle School
11 12:46 Troy Bouveia, Rochambeau Middle School
12 12:52 Nolan K, Memorial Middle
13 12:52 Declan Connolly, Swift Junior High
14 12:53 Brett Foster, Rumsey Hall
15 12:54 Ryan Depaulo, Blessed Sacrament