Warm temperatures, strong breezes, and occasional showers greeted Deerfield’s cross country team on Saturday after the long drive to New Milford, Connecticut, and the 2013 Canterbury Invitational. Always a fun, challenging early-season test for the Varsity, this year’s Canterbury meet did not disappoint. After taking the gold last year, Deerfield’s boys came away with a third place finish overall, a fine result for an inexperienced team. The Bearcats of Hotchkiss won the meet with impressive pack running, followed by the Brunswick School in 2nd place.
Senior co-captain Reed Horton led the way for Deerfield once again, running to 6th place overall in a talented field. Behind him was a pack of Deerfield harriers, paced by freshman Henry Quesada in 23rd place; Ethan Brand ’16 and Gene Thagard ’15 were close on his heels in 25th and 26th, respectively. Hughes Benjamin ’17 rounded out Deerfield’s top five, capturing 35th place. Crossing the line nearly shoulder to shoulder a few seconds later, seniors Martin Gaspar and David Hamilton completed the DA seven. Deerfield’s second to seventh finisher were separated by only 37 seconds, a terrific spread for a sport where teamwork and pack running is critical.
Next Saturday the full team returns to action in the Richard Miller Invitational hosted by the Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut. That will conclude the invitational season, after which Deerfield’s “regular” season will commence when they take on Taft, Hotchkiss, and Loomis Chaffee on October 5th in Windsor, Connecticut.