On Saturday, the boys varsity cross-country team traveled to Canterbury for their opening competitive race of the season. Six of the team’s top seven runners toed the line on a sunny, clear day in New Milford, CT.
Co-captain Quinn Hampson ’22 leapt forth from the start and led the field for a few steps before sliding into the middle of a cagey and tactical lead pack. Various runners cycled in and out of the lead while Quinn bided his time, until finally, with about 400m to go, he kicked hard to seize the victory in a personal best time of 16:18.
Carson Bynum ’23 had a fantastic, fast run and came home in a personal best of 17:59, thirty-one seconds ahead of Robbie Hua ’24, who also posted a personal best. Blix Salz ’24 battled hard against the course along with the additional challenge of a lingering cold to take Deerfield’s fourth scoring spot mere seconds ahead of co-captain Chase Cherewatti ’22. Rounding out the field for Deerfield was Joe Brown ’23 who just about matched his time from last week despite the added challenge of Canterbury’s third mile hill.
It was a great way for the Big Green to kick-off their season. The Deerfield harriers look forward to more competitive opportunities at Westminster next week.