Berkshire 29 Gunnery 26, Berkshire 15 South Kent 50 Berkshire 20 Salisbury 43
In our last home meet of the season the Bears ran awesomely well. 22 out of 22 Berkshire Boys ran their fastest time of the season, improving by an an average of 30 seconds on the same course that they ran one week earlier. The courage that was on display by these harriers was inspirational, for they took the pain necessary to succeed for each other. Selfish behavior never brings the joy one receives when one sacrifices for another, and on this day the determination to perform at the highest level was achieved by young men sprinting the last 300 yards until they virtually collapsed upon completing their run.
The highlights I will now mention in no way are meant to belittle the effort on the teammates that I do not mention. Wes Lickus arrived at the meet a bit late due to an academic commitment. Without the proper lunch or warm-up he went to the line and ran the best race of his 3 year running career at Berkshire. Sam Sabin had been sick all week, yet he finished 5th out of 57 runners and improved his time by 30 seconds, while Dylan O'Connor finished 3rd in the race and 1st for the Bears on his sore knee that kept from doing the regular workout for 10 practices in the last 2 weeks. Spectators were thrilled by the amazing final sprints of Sasha Podolsky and Peter Giordano who ran step for step with competitive opponents and nipped them in the end. The biggest improvement by a varsity runner was accomplished by Nate McKenzie who dropped 50 seconds from his previous best on the Berkshire Trail. Congrats to a tough, yet sportsmanlike Gunnery team who defeated us by running an excellent race. Our victory over Salisbury and South Kent are nice, but it is the effort of "giving it everything you had for the team" that made this a memorable day. Thank you boys for an exciting day under the mountain!!