The boys varsity cross country team earned a third consecutive high finish, concluding their season with a fourth-place finish at New Englands.
The Bearcats finished with 150 points, trailing only Exeter, Andover, and Loomis. The result comes on the heels of runner-up finishes the past two weeks at the Founders League championships and the Shaler Invitational.
It is also the third straight top-four finish at New Englands for the program, and head coach Pierre Yoo noted in his write-up that Hotchkiss is one of only two schools to achieve that level of success.
Yoo drew a direct connection to three-year varsity runner and current captain Kostia Howard ’20 for the success. “There is a direct correlation. His presence, leadership, and calming effect on others have been invaluable,” said Yoo.
Howard, who finished 14th at 17:08, was actually edged out by a second for top Hotchkiss finish by Huck Whittemore ’22, who finished 13th at 17:07. Also scoring for the Bearcats were Blaise Fleury ’21 (39th at 18:13), Owen Zinn-Keane ’22 (41st at 18:23), and Campbell Herring ’21 (43rd at 18:23).
In the JV boys race, Hotchkiss finished eighth, with Felix Bao ’21 earning the best place overall for Hotchkiss (22nd at 19:17).
The varsity girls team raced to a 12th-place finish, led once again by Kayla Uzwiak ’22, who finished 41st with a time of 22:02. The JV girls team finished fourth overall, with Riley Henshaw ’20 finishing 16th at 23:47.