Boys cross country hits their stride

Sports

The boys cross country team has had a solid season up to this point as they carry momentum into the final two championship meets of the year.

The final two league meets came on Saturday, Oct.  22, and Saturday, Oct. 29. The penultimate league meet was a dual meet at Wilbraham and Monson Academy. This meet was a difficult race for the boys overall, but there was a great individual performance from junior Oskar Ruser, who placed third in the race. 

The final league meet took place at the Williston Northampton Invitational. This race was another challenge for the boys, as they ranked seventh out of nine teams in the race. However, Head Coach Fritz Goodman discussed how the team fully applied themselves for this race. “Though the race didn’t come in our favor, many of our runners broke their best times, which is always good,”  he said. Some individual performances that Coach Goodman highlighted were the efforts of junior Sam Auclair, who was the number one runner for the team at Williston Northampton and has been one of the top runners on the team, and freshman Ishaan Bafna, who took 2 minutes and 40 seconds off of his best time. Many other runners had their best runs at Williston Northampton as well. 

When asked about some of the boys strengths and weaknesses, Coach Goodman was quick to respond that he doesn’t see many weaknesses in his team. “There are very few weaknesses in our team,” he said. “This is the most complete team that I think I have ever coached.” Coach Goodman then went on to highlight how strong the team chemistry is. No matter how a race may go, good or bad, the team is always there for each other. 

With the league championships fast approaching, the team must have some of their best practices to best prepare for the races. The team goes through a weekly routine, which involves long-distance endurance runs early in the week, speed work and intervals in the middle of the week, and aerobics, recovery, and race preparations at the end of the week. This weekly schedule has worked great for the team this season, improving their endurance, pace, and mental strength. Coach Goodman hopes that the Wyverns will host the league championship meet, to give the team a significant home track advantage. 

The final two championship meets will finish off the season for the team. The Founders League Championship takes place on Saturday, Nov. 5, and the New England Championship takes place on Saturday, Nov. 12. The Wyverns look to finish off the season on a high note and bring some gold back for the trophy in these events. Good luck to the boys cross country team as they conclude a great fall season.