Note: Thank you to Cross Country Head Coach Moriah Musto for contributing this race report.
On a warm windy day, Winsor hosted the 2017 Eastern Independent League (EIL) Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park. The Wildcats raced to the program's 14th title and third conference championship in a row!
When the gun went off there was an immediate rush to the front with no Winsor runners in the top 10 or even 20 at the half-mile mark. However, we have started "slowly" all season and this race proved no different. By the mile mark, Winsor runners had cracked the top 20 and were slowly starting to move up.
The beauty of this year's team is we have had a fluid group of scorers and a very tight compression. EILs proved no different, as at least three different Winsor runners led our pack over the course of the race. Senior tri-captain Alex Bardon made a huge move coming off bear cage hill and moved up over the entire second half, eventually finishing in 5th place, her best EIL finish of her career.
Behind Alex, the team race was proving very exciting: After two runners, Winsor was in 3rd place with 15 points. After three, we had moved into second, just a point behind Portsmouth Abbey. At four, we moved into the clear lead, 40-63 over NCDS and we nearly doubled the margin on the fifth runner, ending with a low score of 55 points over NCDS at 93.
All five Winsor scorers (Alex plus Zoe Lewis '22, Winnie Wang '20, tri-captain Nicole Chung '18 and Annie Kaplan '19) finished in the top 15 and received ribbons for their efforts. Our 6th and 7th varsity runners (Indi Aufranc '20 and Chloe Duval '19) were key displacers ahead of the fourth runner (or higher) from every team in the field.
Behind the varsity, Winsor was also battling for the JV, with Winsor's eighth runner Clare Quinn '19 serving as the first JV runner across the line in 31st place. Clare was closely followed by Kate McCurley '21 (33), Kathleen He '18 (35), tri-captain Emily Belina '18 (45) and Ashley Browne '21 (52), who were all in ahead of the eighth from any other scorer to once again "perfect score" the JV race.
This JV "win" bodes very well for our performance in the JV race at NEPSTA next weekend (Winsor is the defending NEPSTA JV Champion). Raina Sohur '23 (61) and Lillian Gibson '21 (73) rounded out Winsor's JV seven. Also competing were Clara Eikeboom '23 (78), Maggie Furlong '20 (90) and Caroline Bonnevie '19 (121) who all raced hard in less than perfect conditions.
We are so grateful to the many parents, friends, alums and faculty who came out to cheer and help the meet run smoothly. Thank you to our assistant coaches, Coach Wheeler and Coach Z, for their immense logistical help, and to our team manager Elaine Chen '18 for tons of race support. Finally to our seniors—congratulations on your third straight EIL title! On to New Englands!
1. Winsor (55)
2. NCDS (93)
3. Portsmouth Abbey (105)
4. Lexington Christian Academy (114)
5. Dana Hall (124)
6. Bancroft (147)
7. Pingree (153)
8. Concord (159)
9. Berwick (222)
10. Beaver Country Day (281)
11. Landmark (319)