PAXC Runs Tough in Muddy Race against Deerfield

PAXC traveled to Deerfield on a rainy Saturday to take on Big Green on their new home course, and the competition was intense.

On the Varsity side, Tam Gavenas ('25) raced shoulder-to-shoulder with Deerfield's number one for much of the day before the Deerfield runner pulled away in the final stretch after recovering from a tough fall. The great competition continued as Aidan Lin ('23) vied for the fourth overall slot with another strong Deerfield runner. Glen Cahilly ('23), who is nearing full strength, ran brilliantly alongside Lin for much of the race and proved that he's ready for championship season. Captain Matthew Ottenbreit ('22) also had a big day, locking in a PR with a breakthrough race to get under 18:00 for the first time. Constantine Krenteras ('24) stepped up with a huge 23-second PR to follow Ottenbreit. Isaac Heitmann ('22) and Nolan Goldthwaite ('22) finished in the sixth and seventh Varsity spots, respectively, with Goldthwaite taking off 26 second from his previous fastest time. There was excellent racing on both sides, and ultimately, Deerfield prevailed on a competitive day.

On the JV side, Andover runners cut through the mud to some fast times. Leading the way was ninth-grader Luke Williamson ('25), who stayed locked in despite falling prey to some slippery turns. Ethan Qi ('23) continued his hot streak by running near his PR and taking second for Andover's JV squad. Max Gomez ('23) dipped below 19:00 for the first time by running a 14-second PR, and he was followed by a strong twosome: Jason Zhang ('23) and Rohan Kapoor ('23), who made his season debut with a big-time PR. Nigel Savage ('23) and John Wang ('22) rounded out the JV seven--with Savage turning in a huge 34-second PR. JV wins, 18-41.

The Phillips Academy boys' cross country team looks forward to welcoming Phillips Exeter Academy next Saturday (11/6) to our home course.