Event Recap:LCXC NMH INVITATIONAL WRITE-UP [Saturday, 1 October 2011]
Two buses, two toasters, four departure times, the SAT hours, the Big E traffic, the falling rain, the gulped lunches, 57 boys, 37 girls, seven coaches, four managers, four weeks of training behind us, the notoriously winding and dipping and soaring and soggy NMH course ahead of us: tumble together all that and apparently you end up with a winning formula, a winning day. Pelicans soared with wins in both the boys and the girls divisions of both the varsity and the JV races.
Boys JVs took to the hills first, the field a wash of maroon (predominant color on the LC and the NMH uniforms) with some distinct purple splashes (Cushing Academy color). 3.1 miles later, competitors now evenly coated in shades of mud, the leaders ripped down the final roll of hills to the flat field finish, with Pelican John MacDonald (’13) leading an LCXC stream of seven. Just steps behind Dan Lanza (’13), Ian Knapp (’12), Christian Bermel (’12), Dontay Downer (’15), David Montgomery (’13), and Ben Laprise (’14) finished Emilio Arellano (’14); just steps behind him, Alex Rainville (’12); and just steps behind him, Paul Lee (’13). Not too many strides later, Noah Christiano (’13), in 15th overall, led in the next Pelican flight. In short, 11 Pelicans with top-15 finishes. Final scores: LC 15; NMH 50; Cushing 83.
Traversing a course pretty well mud-churned by the day’s previous two races, the boys varsity field followed start-to-finish frontrunner Franco of Andover (winning time: 17:04) in conditions wildly reminiscent of those of 2009s NEPSTA championships. Tri-captain Ben Hiskes (’12), Eli Robbins (’13), Mike Horowicz (’13), and Pat Dickert (’14) captured top-ten places, with Jake Verter (’12) securing fifth team-scoring spot and tri-captain David Balise (’12) finishing top-fifteen.
No blue to be found in the skies, but plenty of blue to be found at the awards, where performance tshirts bearing not only NMH Invitational cranberry-on-cornflower design front and back, but also individual top-five finish designation on sleeve, delighted overall award winners Hiskes, Robbins, MacDonald, Lanza, Knapp, Bermel, and Downer. Final team results: LC 38; NMH 56; Andover 63; Cushing 83; Vermont 101.
Less tangible but equally brilliant were the season-breakthroughs raced by Ben Pipernos (’14), Tim Mahoney (’14), Demarco Palmer (’13), Alex Smith (’14), Alex Lafrance (’12), and Scott Snelgrove (’13), all of whom were propelled by spirited competition with just-in-front or just-behind NMH or Cushing competitors. Pushing one another to best-of-season results were the trios of Ben Russell (’13), Leon An (’13), and Paul Han (’12), and of Michael Basmajian (’13), Krishna Kulkarni (’13), and Philip Cui (’15), closely pursued by Andy Munoz (’13).
VARSITY POTW: Junior Eli Robbins added yet another top-three-Pelican finish to his resume this past weekend, splashing his way to 5th place overall at the NMH inaugural invitational. At the Choate and Canterbury invitationals, Eli placed third for Pelicans. Congratulations, Eli!
JV POTW: Junior John MacDonald not only raced to overall first-place JV finish at this past weekend’s inaugural NMH invitational, but he did so in a time that would have placed him close on the heels of the Pelicans racing in the varsity event. In addition to pushing himself to first place finishing, he pulled a pack of six more Pelicans to a sweep of the top 7 places in the race. Handsomely done, John!
Rookie POTW: New sophomore Emilio Arellano not only finished among the top ten in the JV race at the NMH Invitational, but he did so in a time almost 30 seconds a mile faster than he raced at the Choate Invitational just a fortnight ago. Stellar pacing and racing, Emilio!