The Bears traveled to Kent School for a day of competition that they thought would leave them wet and chilly. The afternoon turned out to be very different, as temperatures reached 80 degrees, humidity soared to 94%, and the gnats were out in full force. Nevertheless, the day was gorgeous with the fall leaves nearing their peak colors on a course that could not be more beautiful.
Berkshire raced their toughest meet of the season against Trinity Pawling and Kent School. Coming in the top 10% of all the finishers for the afternoon was Berkshire’s Derrick Burt ’16. He remained in seventh place overall for the entire distance as he powered up the infamous Kent School hill known as “the gut buster”. Not too far behind Derrick was Berkshire’s Peter Giordano ’15 who fought hard for his place. The third Bear to cross the line was Freshman Jack Scarafoni who is truly making a name for himself with his speed and talent. The fourth and fifth Berkshire Bears to cross the line (within one second of each other) were Daniel Kim ’15 and team captain Dylan O’Connor ’14.
In the heat and humidity on a truly challenging course, each young man that finished this race deserves a round of applause. Each athlete ran strong up and down a tough 5K course that followed single track trails through mountain forest and fields in the valley below while scurrying across roots and rocks. These Bears include,James Donovan ’15, captain Nate MacKenzie ’14, senior Nick Asaro, John Leasure, Tyler Morse ’17, Rafael Arredondo’17, Rad Savage ’15, Bao Nguyen ’14, Victor Leung ‘17, Ray Li ‘16, Chris Bower ‘15, Ryan Zang ‘17, Matt Cortes ‘17, Mike Melven ’17, Logan Bigall ’17, and Sam Gatsos ’17. Although our times were much slower on this course, it was obvious that these young men fought hard until the end, and they made Berkshire very proud. Go Bears!