by Liam Warin '20
Last Saturday, the STA and NCS Cross Country teams journeyed out to Derwood Agricultural Farm Park to compete in the IAC and ISL Championship Meet. On a cold and rainy day, the weather was not optimal; Mr. Findler said that the other teams wanted him to postpone the meet for a better day. Attempting to defend their titles in the Varsity B Race, the Freshman-Sophomore Seeded Race, and the Varsity Race, St. Albans knew what they had to do. Nick Maguigad ‘21 finished in first place in the Freshman-Sophomore Race to cap off a victory for the Bulldogs. Carl Mauro ‘19, Simon Palmore ‘19, and Henry New ‘20 came in first, second, and third place respectively, leading to another Bulldog victory in the Varsity B Race. Now for the main event. Damien Hackett ‘21 won the Varsity Race, with Jack Tongour ‘19 finishing in fifth; Jonathan Merril ‘19, seventh; Jack Kelly ‘19, ninth; and Ben Saint Germain ‘20, twelfth, to lead to the Bulldogs tenth consecutive IAC championship in Cross Country.
Being defending ISL Champions, NCS had a similar job to do. Unfortunately, the result was not the same. Sophia Hanway ‘21 finished first in the Varsity Race and led National Cathedral to a strong second place out of twenty competitors in a tough ISL conference. Theo Barassi ‘22 finished first in the Varsity B Race and helped National Cathedral to another second place finish.
Every runner gave their all against a very harsh and unforgiving course. Congratulations to both teams on excellent finishes to the IAC and ISL season!