Despite temperatures hovering around freezing and sleet that turned Belmont Plateau into a giant slush puddle, both the varsity boys' and girls' cross country teams turned in strong performances at the PAISAA State Championship meet on Saturday, October 29.
Quinn Davis '12 added to his outstanding season with a sixth place finish in 18:04 to earn First-Team All State honors and helped pace the boys' team to a seventh place finish. Rounding out the scoring for Hill were Luke Anderson '14 in 31st, Jordan Trout '14 in 44th, Colin Freilich '13 in 53rd, Steven Breeding '15 in 54th, and Nick Woodruff '14 in 67th. The varsity runners deserve special recognition for braving the elements to cheer their JV teammates during the JV race, which was held before the varsity race, despite being asked to stay warm and dry on the bus for as long as possible before their race.
All six varsity girls' runners finished within 2:30 of each other en route to an eighth place finish. Third former Monica Redfern was the first Hill runner to cross the line in 26th place. Her time of 23:22 is the ninth fastest time ever recorded by a Hill runner at the PAISAA meet. Rounding out the scoring for the girls' were Bronwyn Dewey '13 in 38th, Kathryn Walsh '12 in 39th, Kim Breeding '13 in 48th, and third formers Kaila Jeter and Mary Kate McArdle in 51st and 52nd, respectively. With only one sixth former and three third formers running in the race, the future looks fast for the girls' team.
The cross country teams will use this week to prepare for the MAPL Championship meet on Sunday, November 6 at Peddie.