The boys cross country team raced to its fifth consecutive Founders League Championship on Saturday, November 3, at Taft, and junior Matt Farrell led the way, racing to his third individual Founders win.
The varsity race was extremely tight to start, and in the first mile a tight pack of 10 boys led the way. By the time the frontrunners reached the mile-and-a-half mark, the lead pack was down to four runners, including Farrell.
As the race neared the finish, the four leaders moved into a tight single file, and as they accelerated onto the Taft track for the 300-meter finale, Farrell held the lead, finishing first in an impressive 16 minutes and 31 seconds despite slow course conditions. Farrell then watched his sophomore teammates Alejandro Rincon and Jake Lotreck finish in fifth place and sixth place, respectively, while senior Matt Remigino finished in ninth place.
With four of their seven runners placing in the top 10, the Pelicans felt confident that the team championship was reachable, and when senior captain Mark Valadez crossed the finish line in 18th place, followed by senior captain Jaden Rismay and junior Danny Cui, the Pelicans tallied a low score of 39 to earn their fifth consecutive Founders League title.
Although the weather was sunny for the meet, the course at Taft was soft, slippery, and very muddy in places because of the rain all week. The Taft coaches did an excellent job of reconfiguring their course to avoid the wettest areas, however, and teams had no problem completing the races.
The Loomis boys look to build upon a great day of racing when they travel to the Division I New England Prep School Track Association Championships on November 10 at Avon Old Farms. The boys varsity race starts the day at 1:15 p.m.