Boys Cross Country: Three Consecutive Championships

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Cross Country is a sport that is often overlooked during the fall sports season at Friends. Our meets are always off-campus, there isn’t really a way to spectate a race (unless you want to run around to meet the runners in various places on the course), and it’s hard to keep score as a spectator. Nevertheless, our Boys Varsity team has managed to clench three consecutive MIAA championship titles and stay undefeated since September of 2015. Our 25 runners were able to push themselves to excel, while also growing closer as a team. There isn’t a much better way to get to know someone than seeing their pained faces crossing the finish line.

Our team’s season started out strong, our first meet, a formidable victory over Chapelgate and Jemicy, set the stage for the next week’s victory against Beth T’Filoh. Several of our runners showed substantial improvement of up to five minutes off their times from the end of last season. Coaches a several of our meets remarked that our runners just don’t give up. Even when we hit mental walls in the middle of our races, we managed to pull through and finish strong.

At this years championships, our top seven runners, Henry Griffith, Alex Prichett, Carter Ruffin, Ryan Hardy, Caleb Trudeau, Lance Kevin, and Burke Garrison blew their competition out of the water in the Varsity race. In fact, four of those runners earned medals for placing in the conference’s top ten. With a relatively young team and a training program that has won us three championships already, the team is feeling confident about next season.

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