by Roger Wistar
The boys and girls cross country team both secured top-three finishes and won both JV races at the Shaler Invitational race at Williston on Oct. 28.
The boys team finished second overall, narrowly edged out by Loomis 41-44, with both teams finishing more that 20 points clear of the field. Like Loomis, the Bearcats placed three runners in the top 10 places, and equally impressively, every one of the top five scorers for Hotchkiss placed in the top 15 overall.
Leading the way for Hotchkiss, a familiar refrain on the season, was Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff '19 (fourth at 17:12.60), trailed close behind by Kostia Howard '20 (sixth at 17:31.70) and Ryan Pinckney '18 (seventh at 17:39.40). Also scoring for the boys varsity were Ian Gill '19 (13th) and Michael Duncan (14th).
The girls enjoyed an even higher top finish, with Grace Bristow '18 finishing third overall at 21:06.80. Two other Hotchkiss runners finished in the top 20 overall – Annabel Wallace '21 (13th at 22:02.30) and Annabelle Burns '18 (17th at 22:26.10). Also scoring for the girls were Lucy Bulley '21 (24th) and Nina Flinn '21 (33rd).
Buoyed by Bristow, the girls finished third with 90 points behind Winsor (72) and Suffield (85) in a more balanced field, where neither of the top two teams had a runner finish better than eighth.
More trophies would come for Hotchkiss in the JV races, which saw both Campbell Herring '21 and Abby Powell '21 win their respective races. On the backs of those victories, the JV girls finished first overall and the boys finished second.
According to boys head coach Pierre Yoo, the last time the program enjoyed such superlative honors was in 2014, when Marco Quaroni '16 and Carlota Corbella Alcantara '15 won the two varsity races and Bristow won the JV race.
Both teams look forward to this upcoming Saturday, when Hotchkiss will host the Founders League championships.