The boys cross country team won the Shaler Invitational for the sixth time in a row on Saturday, October 26, at Williston Northampton with five finishers in the top 15, a feat that the JV squad also achieved in its race.
The meet was canceled last year due to extreme weather, so the boys were especially excited to compete in what is always a great race, as it proves to be an excellent test before the Founders League Championship Meet just a week later.
On top of that anticipation, the race took place during Family Weekend, and the course was lined with parents, siblings, and other relatives of the Pelican harriers. The large crowd added excitement as senior Matt Farrell took first place overall in a course record, beating his previous record at Williston by more than a minute. Not too far behind him were junior captains Alejandro Rincon and Jake Lotreck, who finished second and eighth, respectively, followed by freshman Sam Kurian (10th place) and sophomore Nick Hope (15th place), who secured the victory for the Pelicans with a team total of 36 points.
Later that afternoon, the JV race finished with similar results, as senior captains Danny Cui and Ryan Jones finished first and third, while sophomores Andrew Frisbie, Matt Alijan, and Oscar Yan finished fourth, seventh, and 15th, respectively.
Adding to the energy of the day was a new Loomis Chaffee Athletics Association initiative to have all athletes sport something pink to promote Breast Cancer Awareness on this game day. The Pelican harriers participated in full force, dawning pink laces, socks, arm and leg sleeves, and even some hot pink headbands. The colorful camaraderie added to the excitement of the day, and the team was happy to support an important cause.
Up next, the Pelican harriers make the quick road trip to Avon Old Farms for the Founders League Championship on Saturday, November 2, with the first race starting at 3:30 p.m.