Cougars Pounce Into Second Place

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Photo taken by Jonathan Edelman

Photo taken by Jonathan Edelman

Men’s Cross Country Finishes Strong at Worcester City Championships

Once again, the men’s cross country team had a strong finish in the Worcester City Championships held at Moore State Park in Paxton, Mass. this past Saturday, Sept. 26. Alex Hull (’18), John Allard (’16), and Rhys Duquette (’17) all finished in the top twenty.

Clark took second place at the meet with a total score of 58 points, while WPI took first with a total of 15 points. Hull was Clark’s fastest runner. He completed the five-mile course with an outstanding time of 27:59. He was also the first non-WPI runner to finish, crossing the line eighth overall.

Hull has had his best cross country season yet, ranking among one of Clark’s fastest runners. “I thought the race was great,” said Hull. “We came in with a pretty good showing. After last weekend’s meet we really wanted to build off of that, and I think it is reflected in how the team ran today.” He added that the team wants to focus on  having a deep pack of runners together, which will push each runner to improve.

Co-captain Tim Conley (‘16), who has consistently been part of the top pack, said the race was a good experience for the team. “It was good to see everyone come out and support the school,” he said. “Overall it was a really hard course, but our team will take a lot from it…The rest of the courses should seem significantly easier after this.”

Christopher Najimy (’19) agreed with Conley, and said this was one of the hardest courses he had run so far this year. Nevertheless, the team is now better prepared for its future meets, having conquered what will seemingly be the hardest course of the season.