Suffield 19 Berkshire 36
Taft 19 Berkshire 42
Saturday was a perfect day for running and I had told my team that their times were what mattered, for the competition had several runners that should be able to beat us as a team. Could we improve even though it was virtually impossible to win? 20 out of 20 Bears ran their best time of the year by at least 30 seconds on a cross country course, and 10 boys improved by at least one minute. Dylan O'Connor, finishing in 17:34 and second for Berkshire, improved by 1:30, and Sam Sabin, finishing first for Berkshire in 17:33, ran his best time by 1:25. Cody Turner, Co-Captain Nate MacKenzie, Sam Cabot, and Bao Nguyen also were quite impressive as they ran courageous races against the competition surrounding them. The other boys who scored in the varsity race were Derrick Burt, Sasha Podolsky, and Peter Giordano, and these three runners ran tough throughout the 3.06 mile course. Wes Lickus, Tyler Stewart, Dan Kim, Shaan Peckham, Rad Savage, Max Beauroyre, William Pang, Matt Spaniol, Kevin Kim, and John Leasure all also need to be congratulated, for this was a full-team success. On a day where students of lesser character could have whined or given up, the Bears conducted themselves as gentlemen and competed hard without ever displaying anything but great sportsmanship. Despite the loss, I was still very proud. Our team is learning life lessons that will stay with them well after they leave Berkshire.