Moynahan Steps Up from Assistant Role to Lead the Pioneers.
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Captains: Max Borrmann ’16 and Neel Ramakrishnan ’16
Athletic Awards: Most Improved Runner: Sam Bluso ’18; Coaches Award: Max Borrmann ’16 and Neel Ramakrishnan ’16; Most Valuable Runner: Danny Mylott ’17
Imagine running long miles in the heat of the summer, your feet pounding on the pavement, thudding against the trail. That is the type of off-season training that goes into preparing for a successful cross-country season. Head Coach Nikki Schnupp could see that this was the case when her runners arrived on campus this fall. One runner in particular, Sammy Bluso ’18, logged more than 300 miles during his summer training.
“There was lots of overall improvement,” said Schnupp. “The boys really worked hard and trained well.”
Because of the team’s depth and experience, the boys cross country team entered faster races this season and saw success. During their meet at Sandy Valley, the boys ran in the large school division race, rather than the small school division, and finished third out of seven teams. Danny Mylott ’17 took second place overall in the meet with a time of 16:39, a personal record. At the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival, one of the largest meets in the nation, the Varsity team moved up to the Division IIIA race from the IIIB race last year, while the JV ran in the Division IIIB race. A few WRA runners earned medalist honors as a result of their overall individual finishes. During their last meet of the season, the Sim Earich Invitational, the runners captured first place, beating out 10 other teams.
Schnupp wanted to highlight several of her runners and their contributions to the program.
She commends captains Max Borrmann ’16 and Neel Ramakrishnan ’16 who “led by attitude, work ethic and their commitment to summer running.”
Harry Kang ’17, new to the school and cross country this year, ran nearly every varsity race this season and consistently scored in the top five for the team. His times dropped significantly over the season and reached a personal best of 18:13.
There were several senior of the JV team who were positive contributors and leaders for the team. Charles Vosmik ’16 joined for the first time ever this season. Kyle Mularchuk ’16, a post-graduate, originally committed to being the manager, but then decided to run instead. Jacob Mueller ’16 (a second year runner) and Graham Sell ’16 continued to make improvements.
Steven Majewski ’19 could not complete a course at the beginning of the season. By the end, however, he saw remarkable improvement.
For next season, Schnupp will be losing two of her varsity runners, but welcoming back a significantly talented group of runners. She foresees a few of her strong JV runners to be able to vie for a spot on varsity and fill the vacancy left by those who graduated.