Varsity Cross Country
vs. Suffield Academy
|Date:||October 21, 2017|
Runners Drop Close Contest to Suffield
Salisbury and Suffield squared off on the Hilltop cross-country course on Saturday afternoon, and the visitors emerged with a 26-30 victory. “It was a nail-biter,” said coach Thomas Severo, disappointed by the result but proud of his boys’ effort on the summer-like day. The Parents’ Weekend audience consoled their fallen heroes, who had given their all for School and family.
Coach Severo filed the following report on all the action:
“Salisbury saw the first two finishers overall in Jack ‘Got Faster’ Gottsegen, who finished first with a time of 20:16, just a second off the school record he set two weeks ago, and the close-behind Ford ‘Second’ Cousin (2nd; 20:46). Suffield, however, captured the next four spots, so the outcome would be determined by the lower runners; if the Knights could take the next three places, victory would be theirs.
“The ever-reliable Rob ‘Kasten Your Seatbelts’ Kasten (7th; 21:54) did his part, breaking the string of four consecutive Suffield runners to contribute valuable points for the Knights and keep them within clinching range if only for a little longer. In taking the 8th spot, however, the Tigers clinched the match.
“Nevertheless, team captain Logan ‘LaFishing’ LaPole (9th; 22:37) had the highlight of the day with a last-minute kick that culminated in an eclipse of both teammate Rob ‘Get My Time Down’ Luo and an opposing runner approximately three green grass blades from the white spray-painted finish-line. Rounding off the scoring for Salisbury was ever-improving Luo (11th; 22:38).
“Also notable were strong races by George ‘Speed Stick’ Mennen (13th; 23:12) and – in true Salisbury band-of-brothers-spirit, their arms interlocked at the finish – Bayron ‘Moped’’ Lopez, Drew ‘A Blank On A Nickname Here’ Lavoie, and Brian ‘You Jealous?’ Decelles (collectively 26th; 28:28).
“The Knights were without some big scorers today as the ‘crews-country’ dual-athletes had a rowing commitment on the Charles River in Cambridge, MA for the Head of the Charles (a.k.a. ‘Top of the Chuck’, as they hate to call it). The team expect to return to full strength when they face off against Suffield again in a few weeks.”