Boys Cross Country Brings Back First Huge Win After Two Years

On Saturday, Boys Cross Country had a triumphant first home match against Gill St Bernards, scoring 17-46 (note: in xc, the team with the lowest score wins).

The course consisted of 5k: starting with a field loop, two hill trails for the second and third loop, ending with a field loop. On that day, the sweltering heat and humidity proved a challenge to the athletes, but fortunately, victory was secured with the hard work of the team. 

Afterward, I spoke to the first two runners to complete the race, Timmy Xi ‘22 and Isaac Greene ‘24. “It was definitely a very hot race,” said Timmy, one of the cross country captains. “Ultimately, we persevered through it. All in all, it was a good race.” 

With his four-year experience on the cross country team, Timmy also mentioned that the competitiveness of the team has increased significantly when compared to times during the pandemic. “Last year, quite frankly, there were barely any races,” he admitted. “This year, we doubled in size, and considering this was our first official race in two years, I’m excited to see what’s to come in the future.”

When asked about the deciding factor for their victory, Timmy believed that sticking together as a team was essential for motivating one another. “It’s really intimidating when you’re running by yourself and you see a bunch of opponents running together,” he said. “Last race, we had a group of guys stick together, and I think it was what made [the other team] give up.” According to the boys, Gill St Bernard’s top runner tried to keep up with Isaac, but dropped out after the first two loops. 

Isaac Greene ‘24 was the first runner to finish the cross country race on Saturday.

Besides the weather, the team faced many other challenges along the way. For Isaac Greene ‘24, one of his struggles in cross country practice were his injuries. “I have shin splints and a recurring hip injury from track season,” he noted. “I felt a bit held back from the last race, but I’m glad I did my best.” However, finishing the race first on Saturday in eighteen minutes, he evidently still performed well.

Looking ahead, Isaac was hopeful for the upcoming season. “I think it would be great if we do well during Cantebury this coming weekend,” he said. “For future races, I hope we can all get within the top 50, stick together, and do better as an overall team.” 

Most importantly, both runners were very grateful for their team. “Having a team to warm up and run with is very helpful,” Isaac said. “It’s nice to have people to support you.” Timmy agreed as well, adding that it was much easier to find motivation in a group. “Over the summer, running alone was extremely boring,” he said. “Now, I’m really looking forward to future races with the team.”

(Copyright Chloe Lau 2021)

Chloe Lau

High school junior Chloe Lau is an aspiring writer attending Blair Academy. Since 2017, Chloe has been working for Young Post of South China Morning Post as a Junior Reporter, which is the largest English newspaper in her hometown, Hong Kong. She enjoys journaling on a wide variety of topics, from editorials on global issues, personal essays, to event reports and interviews.