Despite a ninth place finish, many runners improved on career best times.
Friday afternoon greeted the Boys XC team with overcast skies, cooler weather, and mostly firm ground underfoot--prime conditions in cross country for solid times. The boys took advantage of the course and the competition, running another week of solid times. While we still struggle to field our full varsity in one race (illness and college visits have proven hurdles), Jack Colafella '23 was back this week to lead the team with a 19:07 finish. After two very fast first miles, he slowed a bit in the final stretch, but still hung on for a top-20 finish in the scoring. Rian Arora '26 was next across the line, finishing in just over 21:00. Although the time was slower than his PR, his first two miles were blazing, and he continues to show consistency in practice. Nicolas Iteka '25 continues to be a solid top-5 finisher for our team scoring, although this week he was joined by Justin Vaden '23, who put it all together this week to run a career best 21:43--breaking the 22 barrier for the first time. He couldn't stop smiling! Miklos Fok '24 missed that barrier by just seconds, although his finishing kick made it close (he finished in 22:02). Ethan Jing '25 was right behind Miki, running his best race in a few weeks to finish in 22:09. Keven Gong '25 rounded out the team scoring, finishing in 22:44.
The boys have two solid weeks of training before they toe the line at their only home meet against Kiski next week. With a full, healthy roster on the line at that meet, the boys are looking for their first chance to ring the victory bell this season.