The girls varsity cross country team opened its season with an impressive showing at the Canterbury Invitational on Saturday, September 25, taking first place out of 10 teams in the large-school race after all seven Pelican racers finished in the top 16.
The Pelicans used pack running to manage the course and push each other, and their strategy seemed to work as just 30 seconds separated the first and fifth Loomis scorers, and all seven Pelicans contributed to the team’s win by scoring points or finishing ahead of opponents’ scoring runners
Loomis finished the day with a winning score of 32 points, while the second-place team, Sacred Heart Greenwich, collected 81 points. Winsor School finished in third with 99 points, followed by Hopkins School, Greenwich Academy, Hill School, Hotchkiss, Deerfield, Kent, and Westminster.
Sophomore Sofia Rincon finished third overall in the race with a time of 20:19 on Canterbury’s five-kilometer course, which features a series of challenging hills just after the two-mile mark. Sophomore Logan Elie crossed the finish line 14 seconds after Sofia and placed fifth with a time of 20:33, followed closely by senior Brooke Barry (7th place, 20:43), freshman Lexi Barry (8th place, 20:45), junior Maeve Dowd (9th place, 20:49), freshman Natalie Crocker (11th place, 21:03), and sophomore Sylvia Barresi (16th place, 21:44).
Full results are available online.
The full Loomis team of 30 runners compete next at the Northfield Mount Hermon Invitational on Saturday, October 2. The girls race will take place at 4 p.m.