TA Cross Country Teams Having a Good Run
October 05, 2023
After having their first meet at Bellows Falls cancelled due to heat, the Cross-Country Team opened the season with a home meet on September 12th. With six complete teams, the boys finished second with a score of 45 to Burr and Burton’s 44. Brady Sloop led the way for the Panthers. It doesn’t get much closer than that. On the girls side, there were seven complete teams. TA’s girls landed in third out of seven complete teams, with Ava Hayden leading all Panther harriers.
The team would next race at the Manchester Invitational on Saturday, September 23rd. With fast competition, including some of the best runners in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, the boys finished an impressive 7th out of 37 teams; the girls were a very respectable 14th. Ben Mattern was the top TA finisher for the boys; Ava Hayden was the top finisher for the girls. The team was rewarded with our annual trip to the Puritan Backroom for ice cream.
On the following Tuesday, TA headed to Bellows Falls. This time the heat would not be a factor, and the boys would avenge their earlier loss to Burr and Burton, besting them by 14 points. Ben Mattern and Brady sloop finished first and second overall, with Sebastian Perdrizet and Elijah Renner joining them in the top 10 to secure the win. The girls would lose a close one with 37 points to Burr and Burton’s 36. This despite Ava Hayden besting everyone and finishing the race in a sub 20 minute pace. Seniors Charlize Brown and Annie Hesser, as well as newcomer Lucia Carr would join Ava in the top 10.
Last Friday was our fourth meet of the season over at Mt. Peg in Woodstock. The boys team put five runners in the top 10 (with Jasper Jones joining the other four mentioned above) to win this three team meet.
This time the girls would be on the winning side of another meet decided by one point, beating Woodstock 28 to 27.