|Varsity Cross Country Kent/ Westminster|
|Date:||October 14, 2017|
Under-manned Harriers Struggle
Kent hosted a double-dual meet on Saturday, welcoming Salisbury and Westminster to their 3.1-mile course on a sunny-and-mild afternoon. Westy took the Knights’ measure by a 15-50 count, while Kent topped Salisbury by an only-slightly-more-competitive score of 18-37. Certainly, the Fates were not favoring the Knights on this particular day. Top runner Jack Gottsegen was out sick. Ever-reliable Jack Zhan was in New Haven for a physics competition at Yale. And the contingent of rowers who usually give the team a boost were away for a head race.
“With such depletion,” first-year coach Thomas Severo observed, “it was a tough matchup on a gorgeous albeit slightly humid running day along a pastoral, Connecticut Valley course.”
Severo offered the following account of his runners’ performance: “Jack-less, several runners stepped up to answer the age-old question, ‘What is a Knight if not a Jack?’ Scoring in the wake of the missing Jacks were team leader James ‘The Pride of Perth’ Mitchell (14th overall; 21:57), who finished just a hair's breadth ahead of freshman phenom Ford ‘Built Tough’ Cousin (15th; 21:58), and, closely following, Miles ‘Per Hour’ Knight (16th; 22:04). Rounding out the top five for the Knights was the dynamic Raab/Rob duo, Joe ‘Last Name’ Raab (18th; 22:12) and Rob ‘First Name’ Kasten (nipped at the line but still good for 20th in 22:18). Also notable,” added Severo, “with an improvement of more than two minutes and a new personal best, was up-and-comer Simon ‘Astronaut Juice’ Tang from China, who finished the course in just under 26 minutes, unofficially.”
The team should be back at full strength for their upcoming showdown with Suffield next week at home for Parents' Weekend and will be hoping to improve on their 5-10 record.