With the new school year comes a new season of cross country, and the men’s and women’s cross country teams are aiming to surpass the success that they experienced last season. The men ended last season with a third place finish in the Nescac Championships and a 15th place finish in the NCAA Championships. The women ended last season by winning the NESCAC Championships as well as capturing eighth place in the NCAA Championships.
“Our main goal is to keep everyone healthy and see everyone reach their peak at the right time,” Anna Willig ’20 said.
The Panthers took their first step towards reaching their peak at the Vermont Tech Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7. Both the men’s and women’s teams captured first place in their respective races. For the men, the Panthers captured 12 of the first 17 places, with Henry Fleming coming in first. For the women, the Panthers captured 13 of the first 17 places. Talia Ruxin ’20 placed first amongst all runners.
“Team spirits are very high right now,” Willig said. “We have had a fantastic week of training during preseason and are very excited about everyone who’s new to the team this year. We have a strong, deep, talented team, and everyone is excited to see what we can do this year.”
Already on track with their goals, the cross country team will be prepping for the Bates Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14.