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Middle School Cross Country Teams Sweep Ed Scott Invitational and the Great Pumpkin Run!

It was a beautiful fall afternoon on Tuesday when Middle School cross country runners took to Pingry's campus trails for the 20th Ed Scott Invitational*. Ten area schools participated in the two-mile course, at the end of which both the girls' and boys' varsity teams emerged victorious (it was the second straight win for the girls).

The boys' team, led by Andrew Khalil '26 and Miles Kelly '24—who ran 11:29 and 11:45, respectively, and took the top two positions—defeated runner-up Delbarton by nearly 20 points. Displaying their depth, the girls' team took #3 (Olivia Murray '24), #5 (Hannah Diao '26), #6 (Kayla Kerr '25), and #7 (Hyla Lear '25), earning 33 points and outpacing Kent Place, who finished with 72.

One week later, as the season was winding down, the teams dominated once again, sweeping the Great Pumpkin Run, held annually at Gill St. Bernard's. According to Head Coach Sarah Christensen, it was the best cross country season for the Middle School program in a decade.

Congratulations, runners!

* The Ed Scott Invitational was launched in 1997 by Upper School Spanish teacher Vic Nazario to honor Pingry Hall of Famer and longtime P.E. teacher and cross country coach, Ed Scott.