Bearcats Shine, Sidamon-Eristoff '19 Sets New Record at Founders

by Roger Wistar

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff '19 wrote his name in the record books with a new Hotchkiss boys course record at the Founders League cross country championships on Nov. 4.

The three-year varsity runner finished his home course in 16:27, one second faster than the previous record set by Marco Quaroni '16 in 2015.

Sidamon-Eristoff's time was good for fifth overall at the event and helped lead the boys varsity team to a second-place finish, trailing Loomis by only 10 points. The two teams raced remarkably closely, with Loomis winning largely on the back of their top two runners, who finished first and third overall.

Also scoring for the boys varsity were Kostia Howard '20 in seventh place, co-captain Ryan Pinckney '20 in tenth, Ian Gill '19 in 16th, and Michael Duncan in 17th. Hotchkiss and Loomis were the only two schools to place all five top runners inside the top 20 places overall.

The new course record capped a highly successful day overall for Hotchkiss that saw the girls varsity and JV teams finish second and the boys JV win their team competition.

Seniors led the way for the girls varsity, with co-captains Grace Bristow '18 and Annabelle Burns '18 finishing seventh and ninth overall, and fellow captain Olivia Gee '18 rounding out the top five for the team in 24th place.

The race also showed the future for the team, with three Preps (Annabelle Wallace '21 in 10th, Lucy Bulley '21 in 16th, and Nina Flinn '21 in 29th) in the top 30 places overall.

Overall, the girls varsity finished second in a team competition that was less close than the boys, with the champion Choate finishing nearly 20 points clear of the field.

Adding further encouragement for future seasons, the girls and boys JV teams both turned in impressive results, with the top five Hotchkiss runners in each race finishing inside the top 20 overall.

For the second week in a row, Campbell Herring '21 led the JV boys team with a second-place time of 18:24, just five seconds behind the overall race winner. The team edged out Loomis for first, with Jay Lee '18 (ninth), Isaias Wooden '21 (tenth), Souleman Toure '19 (11th), and Jack Louchheim '20 (13th) rounding out the top five.

Tamsin Nottage '20 led the JV girls team with a third-place finish, followed by Rachel Mokriski '21 (fifth), Clara Preisig '21 (ninth), Sara McClure '20 (16th), and Jennifer Li '20 (19th).

The boys and girls varsity teams will conclude their season next Saturday at Choate at the New England championships.