Front-Running and Pack Running Lead to Two BXC Wins
BXC was in Andover on Saturday, hosting their first home meet since November of 2019, and with the temperatures in the low-60s and partly cloudy skies, it was a great day to run.
In the combined race, Tam Gavenas ('25) took an early lead and never looked back, winning the race and setting the ninth-grade home course record. From there, packs of Andover runners worked hard together to overcome the hard-running Choate squad. Aidan Lin ('23), Luke Williamson ('25), and Isaac Heitmann ('22) took third, fourth, and fifth overall while Luke Francis ('25), captain Matthew Ottenbreit ('22), and Constantine Krenteras ('24) finished within five seconds of each other to round out the Varsity seven. Andover Varsity won, 23-32.
Ethan Qi ('23) had a big day and a big PR to pace the second seven, and he was followed closely by Jason Zhang ('23), who took more than a minute off of his previous fastest time. A big pack of PA runners was next: Manny DeAngelis ('24), Max Gomez ('23), Nolan Goldthwaite ('22), and John Wang ('22) finished within ten seconds of each other. Making his PAXC debut, Sebastian Lemberger ('25) had a strong day, and he was followed by Luke Piasecki ('24), who also PRed. Andover JV won, 15-50.
With a ton of PRs and great energy on the home course, BXC set a great tone for the rest of the season. They will travel to St. Paul's next Saturday (10/16) to compete on SPS's classic New England cross country course.