X-C Teams Make Landmark History
In early November, to mark the end of the long cross country season, the Landmark Boys Varsity, JV, and Girls teams traveled to Berwick Academy for the annual New England Preparatory School Track Association (NEPSTA) Division Four Championship. They were there to compete against 30 other schools in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC).
On a cold and blustery morning our top seven boys varsity runners towed the starting line along with the other 183 athletes. The gun sounded and the boys settled into their pack mentality... a classic cross country strategy. The goal of pack running is to get everyone across the line as close to your number one runner as possible.
At the end of the day Ryan S. finished 12th, Alex W. came in 17th, Bryan K, in 19th, Josh T. got 27th, John E. in 39th, Isaiah C. in 40th, and Tynan R. picked up 41st.
This is a fantastic achievement as a cross country team, and VERY hard to do. It’s a testament to this group's dedication, focus, work ethic, and season-long consistency! In the end, the boys beat the second-place team, Pingree School, by 31 points and became the 2017 NEPSTA Champions.
Special Congratulations to Alex W. on his second New England Championship, and to Ryan, Alex, and Bryan on being selected NEPSTA All-Stars.
Boys Junior Varsity
The Landmark community should be proud of the way the Junior Varsity boys conducted themselves at the NEPSTA Championships. They were more focused and prepared than most of the other teams' varsity athletes due to the leadership of the JV Captains Jared J. and Jarrod S. Eight out of the top ten finishers wore Landmark's blue and gold with Dominic P. and Peter L. finishing in the first and second positions. Of the 20 NEPSTA JV All Stars, 10 of them were Landmark runners earning us the Boys JV Championship and beating the second place finisher by 51 points.
This was the first time in Landmark School history that our girls team raced in the NEPSTA Championship! Our lady Vikings came in 15th out of 23 teams and ran with determination and grit. Captain Caroline M. and her teammates Felicity B., Merryl G., Julia V., and Lucie L. embraced the cold weather and ran one of their best races of the season. We look forward to watching what these runners can do next season!
Congratulations to everyone on a season of hard work and many rewards. And congrats to coaches Tom O'Riordan, Kevin Roberts, and Christina Scanlon for their tireless support, innovative and consistent training, and good humor.