BXC Has Strong Opening Races at Manchester Invitational

PAXC began the 2022 season at the Manchester Invitational on a beautiful, windy fall day in Manchester, NH. PA was one of 40 teams competing at this high-energy invitational, and the Andover boys competed well in very strong fields.

First up, ten PA runners toed the line in the JV "C" race, which ran a 2.1-mile course. Magnus Julin ('25) paced PA with a strong finish, followed by Avery Lin ('25), Ethan Liu ('26), and Eric Nie ('26) finishing within ten seconds of each other. Elliot Weir ('26) and Luke Piasecki ('24) rounded out PA's top seven in this event, and Yifan Kang ('24), Sami Tokat ('26), Adrian Werner ('25), and Harry Kim ('25) also raced well in the first event of the day.

The JV "B" race went off next with seven PAXC runners competing in the 5K race with thirty other New England teams. The strong PA crew took fourth overall in this deep field, led by a PR time from ninth-grader Robert Budzinski ('26) in a brilliant race. Luke Williamson ('25) came charging in next with a great last mile. Nathan Neu ('26) shook off quite a fall in the second mile to finish in a huge PR in one of the toughest races of the day, and close behind, Avin Ramratnam ('24) and Vance Fabrizio ('24) pushed each other to strong PAXC debuts. Max Boesch-Powers ('24) and Ethan Qi ('23) closed out the top seven for Andover with excellent efforts.

In the final race of the day, seven PA runners competed in the large-school Varsity race against some of New England's strongest cross country athletes. Max Huang ('24) paced Big Blue up front, and he was followed by a competitive pack of Andover runners, who all finished within 20 seconds of each other: Jakob Kuelps ('25), captain Aidan Lin ('23), Siiso Daauud ('23), and Luke Francis ('25). Arun Kapoor ('25) had a great race to finish sixth for PA, and Constantine Krenteras ('24) toughed out the hilly course to round out PA's seven.

You can find full results here.

Congratulations to the fourteen athletes making their PAXC debuts this weekend! Next weekend, BXC travels to NMH to their annual invitational in Mount Hermon, MA.