Cross Country, Boys: Varsity vs. Brush Invitational

Event Details

A wet, gray day greeted the competitors at this year’s edition of the Peter Brush Invitational, a preseason cross country event designed to promote the participation, sportsmanship, and camaraderie that Peter Brush advanced in his four decades as Deerfield’s cross country coach.  Rather than divide by varsity and junior varsity at this early stage of the season, athletes race according to their age: 11th and 12th graders compete at the 5K distance and younger runners cover a 2-mile course.  The racing this year was spirited and fun, and everyone present enjoyed an apple and a hamburger afterwards.  On the whole, a great start to the season!

The boys collected two 3rd place finishes—Hudson McGuinness in the 9th/10th race and Thomas Lyons in the 11th/12th race.  McGuinness ran bravely in his first race for Deerfield, leading the way for most of the 2 mile run.  Lyons ran as he always does—wisely—and finished with a tremendous kick to capture 3rd.  At the shorter distance, sophomores Trey Souder and Quinn Hampson both ran well to take 4th and 5th places, followed by newcomer Joe Brown, who finished 9th overall.  The 5K race featured a number of veteran Deerfield runners, all working their way back into racing shape: Charlie Lewis ’21 finished 6th, Mat Panikar ’21 took 9th, and co-captains Jake Meier ’20 and Chris Thagard ’20 finished 13th and 20th.

Deerfield’s varsity sevens will travel to the Canterbury School in New Milford, Conn., next weekend for the Canterbury Invitational.  Always a competitive meet, the invitational will feature dozens of schools from around the Northeast.


Boys 9th/10th Race (2 miles)

Hudson McGuinness   3rd                    11:39

Trey Souder                 4th                    11:58

Quinn Hampson          5th                    12:17

Joe Brown                    9th                    12:57

Giles Gordon               11th                  13:02

Chase Cherewatti         12th                  13:15

Oscar Patton               15th                  13:50

Jackson Collins            21st                  14:10

Finn Brouder               36th                  15:23

Boys 11th/12th Race (5K)

Thomas Lyons             3rd                    18:06

Charlie Lewis               6th                    18:40

Mat Panikar                 9th                    19:30

Jake Meier                    13th                  19:57

Chris Thagard              20th                  21:09

Daniel Kang                24th                  22:19

Jack de Bruyn Kops     27th                  22:39