On Saturday, September 22, the Berkshire Girls XC team launched their season at the famed Canterbury Cross Country Invitational, hosted by Canterbury School in New Milford, CT. The girls, led by captains Julia Slyer (fifth former from Averill, NY) and Francesca Ghi (fifth former from Canaan, CT), faced a challenging course and competitive field. The girls were in good hands under the guidance of a new member of the Berkshire staff - Head Coach Jen Anderson. Additionally, the team is extremely fortunate to have Assistant Coach Amanda Morgan’s veteran expertise and well respected coaching experience. Accompanying The Bears to chear them on were fellow teammates Karo Niemi (fifth former from Finland), Kennedy Alvarez (fifth former from Santa Fe, CA), and the team’s manager Gwynne Domashinski (third former from Suffield, CT).
Berkshire’s top female finisher crossed the line in sixth place out of a tough Division I field of 76 girls. Making her debut on American soil, Tara Blundell (a fifth former from Australia) crossed the line in 20:06! Quickly following were her teammates Julia Slyer, Olivia Silverman (fourth former from Canaan, CT), Karolin Kreke (sixth former from Germany), Krisse Niemi (fifth former from Finland) and Francesca Ghi. Given the competitive field of Division I schools, the Berkshire ladies should be extremely proud to finish in a respectable ninth place out of twelve schools. Moreover, every single team member has shown significant improvement in a very short amount of time. In fact, since our time trial two weeks ago, some girls bettered their time by four minutes each! Way to go Bears!
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Another high point of the day was when the hosts paid tribute to Berkshire's Coach Bill Gulotta for his 34 years of attendance and support at the Canterbury Cross Country Invitational. He was presented with a beautiful plaque as athletes and coaches from all over the northeast gave him a standing ovation. Way to go Coach Gulotta!