Their first season in a new league, and with the return of several strong, veteran players, the team is more than ready to hit the ice.
For the third consecutive year, the Boys' Varsity Cross Country Team claimed the Prep A Championship crown on Wednesday, October 24, defeating runner-up Lawrenceville by nearly 20 points. Leading Big Blue were Henry Wood '21 (16:31) and Thomas Drzik '19 (16:34), who took second and third, respectively. Jeffrey Xiao '19 (17:04, sixth), Bert Yu '20 (17:26, 11th), and Sahdev Patel '21 (17:42, 14th) rounded out Pingry's top five.
It was a fitting follow up to the team's dramatic performance at the Somerset County Championships two weeks earlier, at which they earned a third-place finish, their best in recent team history. There, Henry took sixth (16:51), Thomas took 11th (17:11), and Jeffrey placed 15th (17:20) to lead the team.
Celebrating their Prep A crown, Head Coach Matt Horesta said, "Winning the Prep A title has been our measuring stick for the last several seasons. It is our goal to win the race. Winning the title three times in three years speaks to a culture of success that has taken root in the program over the last decade. Each year the guys see themselves building upon the accomplishments of their former teammates, and this most recent win is very much a part of that."
The girls' team has had an equally successful "run" this season, with Nicole Vanasse '21, the defending Prep A champion, taking second (18:29) at the meet and helping the team to a second-place finish overall. Alina Irvine '21 (20:46, fifth), Molly Parker '22 (21:40, 15th), Cathleen Parker '19 (18th, 21:47), and Lilly Rockoff '19 (20th, 22:00) rounded out Big Blue's top runners.
The finish was another strong performance by Nicole, who, a week ago, edged out three competing runners—all separated by less than 10 seconds—to win the Skyland Conference Championships in a brisk 18:33 (Pingry finished ninth out of 17 teams in the race). At the county championships, she notched a third-place finish (18:40), helping the team to a sixth-place finish overall.
Next up for the teams are the NJSIAA State Group Championships at Holmdel Park on November 10. Congratulations, Big Blue cross country!
Read more about the boys' and girls' Prep A performances.
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