The varsity cross country runners traveled to Richmond on Saturday to compete in the Pole Green Park Invite. Under gorgeous skies, the runners did an excellent job getting the most out of their fitness in this early season test. Overall, the coaches are pleased with how the team ran and competed. Both teams finished 4th out of 12 teams in their respective races.
Senior co-captain Colin Walsh, competing in the Race of Champions, was the first to compete for the Bishops. He went out hard, ran in the lead pack for much of the race, finished well, and crossed the line in 8th place out of 138 runners in a time of 16:40.
Next up was the girls’ Emerging Elite race. Junior co-captain Lily McKee led our team across the line, finishing 8th out of 88 runners in a time of 22:54 (PR). She was followed closely by Ana Brown (23:03, 15th, PR). Next across the line was the pair of senior co-captain Delaney Bright (24:05, 29th) and Frances Fenton (24:42, 42nd, PR). The Bishops’ 5th and final scoring runner was Mo Scott (28:55, 82nd).
The final event of the morning was the boys’ Emerging Elite race. Joshua Schindler (19:30, 13th), Thomas Fenton (19:30, 14th), and Ryan Locker (19:37, 16th) all ran PRs. The three runners ran solo for much of the race. The trio managed to find one another in the final half mile, and finished together. Alex Sterne, also running a PR, and David Herbert were our 4th and 5th runners, finishing in times of 21:28 (47th) and 21:33 (50th) respectively. The team finished 4th in the field of 19 teams.
It was a fine day for the Bishop Harriers. And as always, we had some super support on hand, with the Brown, Walsh, Sterne, and Scott families making trips to support the team.
Looking ahead, the boys are off from racing the week of September 13, and the girls’ team travels to Chatham Hall on Wednesday, September 15th, to compete in a Blue Ridge Conference batch meet. At this time, Chatham Hall is not allowing spectators from other schools to visit the campus. The meet features BRC teams, and the opportunity to race on the conference championship course.