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Varsity & JV Cross Country - Boys vs. Choate Invitational
Event Type: Scrimmage
Date: September 17, 2011
Score:no scores kept
Event Recap:
LCXC Choate Invitational Write-Up

Veterans and rookies, the fit and the wishing-we-were-fit, the fleet and the fleet-to be: all travelled south, Windsor to Wallingford, to toe the starting lines of the annual Choate Invitational. With boys running first this fall, the veteran event preceded the novice event, perfect conditions for both competitors and spectators holding clear, bright, and dry from starts to finishes.

In both races, Pelicans chased frontrunners across the line, with four-year senior Ben Hiskes nabbing second place by 14 seconds in the first race, and with brand-new freshman Dontay Downer claiming the same spot in the second race. Joining Ben among the top ten in the veteran event were junior Mike Horowicz (3rd), junior Eli Robbins (7th), and new sophomore Patrick Dickert (10th). Another four Pelican harriers finished in the top 30/top third of the field: seniors Jake Verter, Andrew Shichman, and Michael Danielczuk, and sophomore Tate Knight. Sophomore Andrew Jones joined Dontay as a top-ten rookie runner.

Middle-mile re-routing of the Wild Boars’ course, due to a wash out of the (yes, THE) hill, rendered times less meaningful than finish places and overall efforts; the prolonged, slightly-downhill stretch of finish served as backdrop to some especially gritty displays of determination (senior Alex Rainville and junior Paul Lee finished just one second apart, with Paul sharing his time with a runner from Choate and another one from St. Mark’s, the quartet indistinguishable one from the other to the line.

Just seconds behind them, the largest Pelican flock of the day soared in tight formation: David Barnes (senior) led Ben Laprise (junior), Dan Lanza (junior), Christian Bermel (senior) and Alex Shirley (senior) within 9 seconds on one another. In the rookie event, a pair of pairs pushed pace with particularly noteworthy success: M.Y. June (junior) and Terry Roh ( ) raced one another to the finish spots right in the middle of the field, while frosh Jim Oaks and Ed Smutharaks rallied a couple of contagious kicks.

It was a successful weekend for Loomis Chaffee's fall teams. Four varsity teams earned New England tournament berths, and the girls and boys cross country teams raced to second and third places, respectively, at the Division I New England Championships on Sunday.

The boys cross country team won the Founders League Championship on Saturday, overcoming the odds that were stacked against them to pull off a well-executed and well-timed win despite howling winds and driving rain.

The boys and girls cross country teams both raced to first-place team finishes at the Shaler Invitational held at Williston-Northampton on Saturday under sunny skies and beautiful fall foliage.

Soggy conditions slowed times on the cross country course on Saturday as Loomis boys cross country hosted Choate and Deerfield, but on this day, individual times were the least of concerns: For each Pelican, Wild Boar, and Big Green competitor, the race was all about place.

Both the boys and the girls cross country teams were fleet of feet on Saturday as Loomis hosted a quad-dual meet against Northfield Mount Hermon, Hotchkiss, and Taft. The Pelican harriers hustled over LC's soggy terrain amidst rain showers and downpours to claim wins over all varsity opponents.

"Gotta love bringing the hardware home to Chinese lanterns, live music, and light-show of centennial fireworks!" noted boys head cross country coach Sally Knight, reflecting on the boys and girls XC teams' arrival back on the Island Saturday after both teams won the Canterbury Invitational.

Team Results
Sunday, 11/09/2014
  vs. NEPSTA Championships
3rd Place   |  recap
Saturday, 11/01/2014
  vs. Founders League Championship
1st place   |  recap
Saturday, 10/25/2014
  vs. Shaler Invitational
W   |  1st Place of 11 teams   |  recap
Saturday, 10/18/2014
  vs. Trinity-Pawling School
W   |  17-44   |  recap
Saturday, 10/11/2014
  vs. Choate Rosemary Hall/ Deerfield Academy
LC 20 - Choate 30, LC 19 - Deerfield 40   |  recap
Saturday, 10/04/2014
  vs. Hotchkiss School
vs. Northfield Mt. Hermon
vs. Taft School
LC 18 - Taft 43, LC 25 - NMH 31, LC 22 - Hotchkiss 32   |  recap
Saturday, 09/27/2014
  vs. NMH Invitational
3rd place   |  recap
Saturday, 09/20/2014
  vs. Canterbury Invitational
1st place   |  recap
Saturday, 09/13/2014
  vs. Choate Rosemary Hall Invitational
scrimmage - no scores kept see highlight   |  recap

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