Cross Country - Boys Varsity
|Date:||October 19, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 33 - Canterbury 24|
On Friday, the Bears traveled to New Milford, CT, for an exciting match up against the Canterbury Knights. This was a familiar course to some of runners who competed at the Canterbury Invitational last month. Although a couple of Berkshire’s runners were not healthy enough for competition, the results were close. Berkshire’s fastest runner Derrick Burt ’16 was the first Bear to cross the finish line as he ran almost 30 seconds faster than his previous Canterbury time earlier in the season. Running sub 6 minute miles consistently has been inspiring to all of us. Directly behind Derrick was his teammate Peter Giordano ’15 who ran a minute faster than last week. Daniel Kim ’15 was right on the heels of Peter and improved by almost two minutes since the last time he ran at Canterbury. Peter and Daniel have been steadily improving over the course of the season and have scored in every single meet thus far. Rounding out our fourth and fifth place Bears were Captains Dylan O’Connor ‘14 and Nate MacKenzie ’14. These two athletes sacrificed bettering their times on Friday in order to run with and enourage first placeSarah Kinney ’15 on the girls’ team. This kind of encouragement, sportsmanship, and spirit is what the Berkshire Cross Country team is all about.
I’d be remiss if I did not mention the impressive first place time and course record set on Friday by Canterbury’s Hythem Al Mulla with an unbelievable time of 16:34!
A few other highlights of the day were: Nick Asaro ’14 improving his previous Canterbury time by 45 seconds; John Leasure ’15 improved his time by two minutes from two weeks ago; Evan Liddy ’16 ran another stellar performance matching his personal record from last weekend; Mike Melvin ’17 ran for a personal record;Shaan Peckham ’16 had a seasonal best even though he has been out for a big chunk of the season. Tyler Morse ’17 raced his career personal record and ran three minutes faster than he did last month; Bao Nguyen ’14 and Victor Leung ’17 and Ryan Zang ’17 also ran their best times this season.
For his heart, determination, and work ethic teammate John “Fireball” Leasure ’15 passed the “Fireball” torch on to Matt Cortes ’17 who in turn got a standing ovation by the team. That’s the heart of Berkshire Cross Country!
Score: Canterbury 24 – Berkshire 33