|Cross Country - Boys Varsity New Englands|
|Date:||November 9, 2013|
On Saturday, November 9th, the Berkshire Cross Country team traveled to Suffield Academy for the Division II New England Championships for a chance to compete with seventeen other schools. Running in their final cross country race and representing Berkshire with tremendous pride were captains Nate Mackenzie ’14 and Dylan O’Connor ’14. Nate had a tremendous last race, running 39 seconds faster than he ran last week on the same course.
The JV race was exciting to watch as the boys improved greatly in just the last seven days. In fact, Tyler Morse ’17 ran almost an entire minute raster with a personal best of 20:26. In addition, Chris Bower ’15, John Leasure ’15, and Shaan Peckham ’16 were all between twenty and thirty seconds faster than last week on the same course. To continue the success stories of the day, Ray Li '16 ran for a career personal record! The biggest improvement of the day was run by Rafael Arredondo ’17 who ran 90 seconds faster than last Saturday.
In the Varsity race, Derrick Burt ’16 was the first Berkshire boy to cross the finish line. Moreover he ran 31 seconds faster than last week on the same course. Continuing the trend was Peter Giordano ’15 who ran sixteen seconds faster and was the 2nd Bear to finish. The next Berkshire boys to cross the line were Dan Kim ’15, Jack Scarafoni ’17, James Donovan ’15, Nate MacKenzie ’14, and Nick Asaro ’14.
All the grueling races and agonizing pain aside, cross country is truly a bonding experience. The team is a like a family. No other experience bring s a group closer than training together, suffering together, racing together, and finishing a cross country season together. We are there for each other. We cheer just as loudly for our champion as we cheer for those near the back. Each teammate is suffering the same amount. Each teammate is important. Everyone contributes to the team effort. It takes a large amount of discipline to stick with this sport, and these boys should be so proud of what they accomplished as a team on and off the cross country course.
Looking toward the future, the team elected its new leaders for 2014. Congratulations to Derrick Burt ‘16, Peter Giordano ‘15, and Dan Kim ’15!