The team traveled to Bellows Falls, VT this afternoon to compete in the first cross country running race of the fall and came home with both the girls and boys race winners – Calvin Swomley & Issy Pelletier – along with a many other fast times and great performances for the afternoon. We’re guests of the league, so we don’t officially score or factor into team results (we keep our own times!), but it’s great to hop in a race and get a solid running workout in for the week. Our 3 PG boys (Charlie, Nick & Corky) are too old to race in the high school league and Mollie and Anika are avoiding running for now as they rehab some injuries, so that group of five, plus Matt, biked from South Londonderry to Bellows Falls High School (30 mile ride) while Sverre and Liz drove the runners over. Pictures and results below! Click on any picture to make it bigger. (Above, Sverre talks strategy with the boys before the race.)
Less than a mile into the race Calvin establishes himself at the front of the pack with Jacob Ellis (Brattleboro), Paddy, and Jordan Fields (Woodstock) in tow.
Tyler (above) & Hamish (below) are not too far behind. Hamish is smiling because his knee isn’t bothering him!
Gino is too fast for the camera!
Back in the field, about halfway through the race, Calvin goes stride for stride for the lead.
Tyler cruises through the flats.
Back into the field to catch the finish (sorry for not catching the rest of the crew in the woods!) – Calvin stretches out his lead.
Coming around with 100 meters to go until the finish Calvin (out front) has some ground on Paddy and Jacob (Brattleboro) who sprinted it out down to the wire! Jacob was able to pull away with a few yards left to sandwich between Calvin and Paddy.
Issy (foreground) and Kate (background, just rounding the turn) took off at the gun and never looked back.
Tess strides through the trails behind Bellow Falls HS. I missed Mackenzie here – sorry!