|Varsity Cross Country Berkshire/Canterbury/Millbrook/Suffield/Williston|
|Date:||November 4, 2017|
|Score:||4th Place out of 6 Teams|
Knights 4th in Regular-Season Finale; New Englands Next
For the second straight weekend, Salisbury joined a field of six teams, with many of the same schools the Knights had beaten in claiming 1st place a week ago. The results were not as impressive this go-round, however, as Salisbury could muster only a 4th-place finish on an unseasonably warm afternoon. “Maybe it was the soggy course,” a disappointed coach Thomas Severo said of his charges’ sub-par performance. “This was our regular-season finale, and we had hoped to move the needle over the .500 mark going into next weekend’s New Englands.” Instead, the Knights, who started today at 9-9, finish with an 11-12 record.
A 13th-place finish by Ford "First On Race Day" Cousin paced Salisbury and marked the first time this fall that Jack "Be Nimble" Gottsegen was not the Knights’ top finisher. Gottsegen was three spots behind his teammate in 16th place. Myles "To Kilometers" Knight claimed 21st, followed by Joe "Raabit" Raab (23rd), and Jack "Be Quick" Zhan (28th).
Severo was also heartened by the work of his 6th and 7th runners. “We had strong displacing finishes from James ‘Whoa Nelly’ Kelly [31st] and Logan ‘Gallup’ LaPole [32nd], who, true to form, made yet another last-second pass of several opponents. Also notable was a last-second hold from third-former Simon ‘Says’ Tang, who held off a competitor making a late charge at the line.”
Those defensive efforts helped Salisbury best Millbrook and Berkshire at the event. Canterbury, Williston, and Suffield all topped the Knights.
In looking ahead to next weekend’s New England Prep School Championships, Severo offered the following call-to-arms: “The team is looking forward to showing the large field that Salisbury is a name to be feared.”