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Varsity Cross Country Westminster School R. Miller Invitational

Event Type: Regular

Date: September 30, 2017

Result:6th of 9 Schools

Event Recap:

Runners Battle Elements, Opponents at Miller Invitational

On a bitter cold and overcast day, Salisbury traveled to Simsbury, CT, for Westminster School’s Miller Invitational Cross Country Meet. Although nine schools competed, the featured event was the showdown between Deerfield and the host Martlets. The Green emerged victorious in that match-up, capturing 1st place with 32 points. Westy settled for a close 2nd with 37 points.

No one else came close. With 109 points, Williston Northampton finished a distant 3rd. Salisbury took 6th. Complete team results appear at the end of this report. 

Westminster could boast the day’s top individual performance, as team captain Emmett DeKanter ran a blistering 16:53, just three seconds off the record for the 3.1-mile course. Williston’s Nick Sinofsky captured 2nd (17:30) and the Martlets’ Teagan Stedman 3rd (17:32). Fourth-former Jack Gottsegen took team honors for the Knights, finishing 26th overall (19:37) in the field of over 100 runners.

Salisbury assistant coach Thomas Severo offered the following report on his team’s efforts.  “The Knights saw strong races and solid improvement,” Severo shared later, “from fifth-former ‘Harrison’ Ford Cousins (37th; 20:13), Australian ‘King’ James Mitchell (42nd; 20:28), Jersey's ‘Joltin’ ‘ Joe Raab (44th; 20:29), and team captain ‘Hulk’ Logan LaPole (47th; 20:38).

“The day also saw a JV race that featured breakout performances from Rob ‘Kasten Stone’ Kasten (19th; 20:08), Rob ‘Not That One’ Luo (33rd; 21:06), Parker ‘South Park’ Stone (42nd; 21:09), George ‘By’ Mennen (46th; 22:07), and Pete ‘Shellshock’ Schellbach (47th; 22:10).

“Also running well for the Knights were Jerry ‘Jerry Li Lewis’ Li (130th; 25:54) and Simon ‘Orange’ Tang (147th; 27:37), each of whom completed their first ever 5K races in today's event.”

Salisbury prepares this week for its first home meet of the season, scheduled for next Saturday, October 7. “The course,” Severo asserted in his closing statement, “is easily the most daunting in the league.”

Team results for the R. Miller Invitational:

1 – Deerfield, 32

2 – Westminster, 37

3 – Williston Northampton, 109

4 – Suffield, 130

5 – Kent, 140

6 – Salisbury, 196

7 – Williams, 200

8 – Canterbury, 205

9 – Worcester, 216

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