The cross country teams had a busy week on the trails as the Knights competed in the Skyland Conferences on Thursday, October 17, and the Somerset County Championships on Wednesday, October 23. All the runners had strong performances and many recorded personal best times.
“The team displayed excellent effort, and we look to build on this and continue to develop better pacing in future championship races,” said head coach Mike Parker.
Gill finished 19th out of 24 schools at the Skyland Conferences, and was led by Niels Rongen ’20 as he placed 78th with a time of 18 minutes and 57 seconds. Rounding out the top finishes for Gill were William Strong ’22 (84th), Teddy Lazar ’20 (108th), Andrew Young ‘21 (115th), Tyler Tellalian ’23 (118th), and Alex Tulenko ’22 (119th).
The following week, the Knights placed 12th out of 15 schools at the Somerset County Championships, with Rongen once again leading the Gill pack, finishing 45th in a time of 18 minutes and 25 seconds. Recording the top-five finishes for the Knights were Strong (48th), Lazar (66th), Lachlan Wood ’22 (77th), and Young (81st).
“The Skyland Conference and Somerset County have two teams in the top-10 in the state so the championships are always really competitive,” said Parker. “We were able to finish ahead of Rutgers Prep for the first time all year, so that was a big goal of ours. Lachlan finally got to race after battling an injury all year, so it was great to see him perform. I was also very proud of Teddy for breaking the 19-minute barrier at counties for the first time.”
Anne Wang ’22 represented GSB in the girls’ races at these two competitions, placing 106th at conferences and then taking 71st at counties.
The next championship race for the Knights will be The Preps on Wednesday, November 6, at Blair Academy.