Cross Country Competes at States

This past Wednesday, the Girls and Boys Varsity Cross Country teams competed in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJISAA) Championship race at Blair Academy.

This past Wednesday, the Girls and Boys Varsity Cross Country teams competed in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJISAA) Championship race at Blair Academy. Both teams concluded their seasons on a high note with the Girls Varsity Cross Country team placing third out of 12 teams and the Boys Varsity Cross Country team ranking second place overall for the competition.

For the girls, Charlotte Bednar ’22 won the race with an exceptional time of 17:29, a new course record. Not far behind Bednar, Allison Haworth ’22 ran a personal record at this competition and finished fifth overall, while Tiffany Lin ’20 also broke her personal record, improving by 40 seconds compared to her previous time on the same exact course. Girls Varsity Cross Country Head Coach Katie Chaput congratulated the Big Red runners on putting forth their best efforts and following through with great execution. As a representation of the team’s depth, the girls found success with a solid group of three to five runners. Regarding the last race of the year, Chaput believed that the girls “[couldn’t] have [ran] faster or stronger than [they did]” against some of the strongest runners in New Jersey.

On the other hand, the Boys Varsity Cross Country team took eighth, tenth to 13th, and 15th place for a total of 54 points. The tri-captains for Lawrenceville led the team throughout the race with Vishnu Rajaknnan ’20 placing eighth (17:04), Alex Pesendorfer ’20 in tenth place (17:17), and Theo Bammi ’20 earning the 11th place spot (17:19). Alongside the leaders, Matej Cacik ’21 (12th, 17:29), Chris Crane ’21 (13th, 17:36), Thomas Blair ’22 (15th, 17:44), and Jack Saad ’22 (17:59) put up strong times to the praise of Boys Varsity Cross Country Head Coach Christopher Hyson P'14 '16 '21. After the final race of the season, Hyson mentioned that this year’s group of runners has been “one of the fastest teams in recent years” for the program. Regarding the team’s strong overall performance, Matej Cacik ’21 also added that the team’s positive attitude throughout races made the season more enjoyable.

Big Red Cross Country capped off a strong season with a great showing against elite competition at the NJISAA Championship. With multiple runners accomplishing astounding feats and hurdling over their own course records, it’s safe to say the Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country teams have a lot to look forward next season.

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