The Blair Cross Country team had its home opener in a dual meet against The Hun School of Princeton on Saturday, October 10. The weather conditions were optimal for running a 5k, with temperatures around seventy degrees Fahrenheit, accompanied by a light, cool draft. All the runners from both schools, regardless of level or gender, were set to race at the same time. The boys’ race was led by Blair captain Sanjay Paul (’16), with a time of18:22, and captain Kyle Maldjian (’16) came in third, trailing behind a Hun runner by a mere two seconds. The rest of the team followed shortly afterwards, and despite the adversities the Blair cross-country course offers, everyone finished strongly. A few notable races came from Zach Lawless (’17), who finished 18:59 and fourth for Blair, Josh Shaw (’16), who pushed through the last 600m to come in fifth for Blair, and Jack Saxton (’17), who narrowly past by three Hun runners at the very end. The girls’ XC team was led by Cara Ganning (’16), who ran a personal best time, followed by Courtney Klein (’18), Hannah Ochtera (’17), and Savannah Doelfel (’18). JV leader Sabrina Helck (’18) also shattered her personal record and was three seconds shy of the previous runner. All in all, the Blair Cross Country boys defeated Hun with a score of 20-33 and the girls dominated the race with a score of 16-47. This meet was a complete success as runners were returning from illnesses and injuries, and a necessary step in preparation for future Blair home meets, including the State Prep Meet coming down the road.
And as always, a special thanks to all the coaches – Dr. Miller, Mr. Devaney, Mr. Browse, and Dr. Higgin – and parents for constantly supporting the Blair Cross Country team.
(Copyright 2015 Seth Kim)