Varsity Cross Country Season Begins with Charity Work and Improvement

The Cross Country team has gotten off to a great start to the season. Some runners put in a lot of work over the summer, with Captains Matt Armstrong and William Weiter holding practices throughout the summer and boys running in the Dartmouth Running Camp in August. With this pre-season training, the team was prepared for their first race, the Martha’s Vineyard Invitational. Belmont Hill came third out of 21 teams in the varsity race, led by sophomore John Pappo, who came in third. Other notable finishes were Quin McGaugh who came in 19th and Cam Hall in 20th. More importantly, the JV team came in second. Before the season officially started, the team also ran the Jog Your Memory 5K charity run for Alzheimer’s. This was a great opportunity to have the whole team get a 5K under their belt and support the local community. The season opened up with a race against Middlesex, Governors, and Lawrence at the team’s new course in Rock Meadow on September 26th. The Varsity team had a close race with Middlesex falling by only one point; however, Middlesex is perennially a strong competitor and this result was better than past years. Varsity beat Governors and Lawrence. JV had a great first race, with boys placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th. Hopefully, the success from the beginning of this season will continue for the rest of it.

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