Girls Cross Country Captures Founders League Title

The girls varsity cross country team captured its first Founders League title in five years on Saturday, November 6, on the home course.

All seven Pelican runners placed among the top 11 finishers in the championship race — and all within a span of 52 seconds — to capture the title, finishing with a total of 26 points.

A strong Taft team placed second with 53 points, and Choate, whose record-setting top runner won the individual title, placed third with 84 points, followed by Hotchkiss (118 points), Kingswood-Oxford (130), Miss Porter’s (154), Kent (171), Ethel Walker (232), and Westminster (253).

The Loomis Chaffee squad ran a swift but controlled first mile in two closely spaced packs behind the eventual individual winner from Choate and Taft’s top runner. With surges in the second mile, the Pelicans put pressure on Taft’s No. 2, and four Loomis runners, sophomores Logan Elie and Sofia Rincon and freshmen Lexi Barry and Natalie Crocker, eventually passed and created a small gap ahead of her while senior Brook Barry gave relentless chase.

Meanwhile, junior Maeve Dowd and sophomore Sylvia Barresi worked in tandem to stick with Taft’s No. 3 runner and pull as far ahead of the rest of the field as possible.

As the racers emerged from a loop in the Meadows, the Pelicans surged up Faculty Row in good position to win the meet and carried that momentum through to the finish, with Lexi leading the way for Loomis and her teammates close behind.

Lexi strode across the finish line in third place overall with a time of 19:55.3. Nine seconds later, Logan then Natalie and Sofia sped across the line in rapid succession for fourth, fifth, and sixth places, followed by Taft’s No. 2 runner in seventh and Brooke in eighth place. Maeve and Sylvia had vied with Taft’s No. 3 runner throughout the race, and although they couldn’t quite match her powerful final kick, they never faltered, placing 10th and 11th and bringing the whole team across the finish line in well under 21 minutes.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Loomis JV squad also raced tremendously well to place second in JV team competition.  With an impressive score of 34 points, the Pelicans were just five points behind Taft’s JV, which scored 29. The Hotchkiss JV placed third with 92 points.

Sophomore Madison Bromberg placed second overall in the JV race, and senior captains Karishma Lawrence and Julia Lantner finished third and fourth. Freshman Maddie Van Norman, freshman Rachael Lantner, and senior M.K. Briglio placed 12th, 13th, and 14th, respectively, and junior Avery Martin rounded out the JV scoring squad in 16th place.

The excitement of the meet and the perfect racing weather led to fast times. Twelve of the 21 Pelicans who raced ran all-time best times for 5K, and six others ran season-best times.

The team now readies for the Division I New England Prep School Track & Field Association Championship meet, on Saturday, November 13, at Phillips Andover Academy.