The end of the regular cross country season has arrived and both the Thacher Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country teams are headed into postseason.
The girls’ team is ranked fourth in the Southern Section and ninth overall in state by PrepCalTrack, a website that maintains information about high school running. The boys’ team similarly ranks third in the Southern Section and fifth overall in state by the same website.
The Toads ended their season with a big win at home on November 6th (results), finishing first in the Condor League led by captains Isobel Hayne ’14 and Simon Novich ’14.
Beatrice Land ’14 took second place in the girls’ race and second place overall, while her teammates together took the third through eighth spot with only a 32 second spread. Sophie McMillan ’14 and Isobel Hayne followed Land in third and fourth place respectively. Following close behind were Georgie Becker ’15, Reade Rossman ’16, Sarah Voss ’16 and Marissa Lopez ’15. Their success proved especially impressive considering standout runner Arianna Finger ’15 was unable to finish the race.
The boys also took seven of the top ten finishing spots. Simon Novich, Peter Callan ’16 and Spencer McCune ’16 finished in the first three spots, followed closely by Kevin Griffee ’15, Jack Richardson ’15, Jack Pierrepont ’16, and Ryan Jackson ’17 who finished fifth, seventh, eighth and tenth respectively.
Isobel Hayne, who hails from Marin, said:
“The season was greater than I could have hoped for, the girls all worked really hard. We worried that after losing the seniors last year we would have a rough time but new runners really stepped it up and we are going to prelims this weekend. I am really excited for postseason, its truly the best part of the season and we are looking forward to the competition.”
Thacher’s head coach Fred Coleman, or “Derf” as he is known to the students said, “17 boys and girls combined returned for Early Camp, having done significant training over the summer. Both teams have trained well throughout the season and going into the Sectional Prelims our goal is to exceed the predictions and show that we are finishing the season stronger than expected.”
The team will face tough competition at the Southern Sectional meet. The girls have improved their ranking throughout the season. After losing several top runners last year to college matriculation, the team began the season unranked. However, their summer training proved fruitful and they’ve exceeded the pre-season predictions.
The boys have consistently been ranked in the top 3 of the Southern Section since week one of the season. However, schools like Woodcrest Christian, Desert Christian, and St. Margaret’s are formidable opponents.
The CIF Southern Section preliminary races will take place this weekend at Mt. SAC, and if the Thacher teams do well they are poised to continue on to the state finals that will take place after Thanksgiving in Fresno.