The Dover-Sherborn boys' first cross country meet of the season is now history. Thursday, September 6th was a glorious day to watch a race, but not ideal conditions for running a race. Warm and humid makes for a tough race on an open, sunny course.
Normally a cross country race is pretty simple. Your top 5 finishers match up against your opponent's top 5 finishers. If 5 of your guys cross the line before their first 5 guys, you generally win. Except for in a case like today. When the 5th DS guy finished, Westwood only had 3 runners across the finish line. However, they had the first three places in the race, which guarantees a win. It was close though: Westwood 25, Dover-Sherborn 30.
Today Dover-Sherborn had 30 guys racing and Westwood had 11. Eleven of the 30 DS guys were racing in the first race of their DS cross country career. Of the top 25 finishers, 16 were from DS.
Coach Steve Harte said that the "goals for our new guys were to focus on being mentally present for the entire race: be aware of your surroundings and what is happening in front of you, be aware of how you feel at different stages in the race." Harte also asked them to focus on running in packs. "Because so many of them were racing for the first time, they weren't sure of who would be in their pack."
I asked Harte if the focus on pack running worked. He put the question back on me by offering me some stats on the day.
- Greg Litle, Ben Brea, Dylan Baroody and Ed Alyea crossed the finish line within 8 seconds of each other.
- Conor Donvan, Russell Daly and Chris Crosby were separated by just 4 seconds at the finish.
Harte was impressed by the guts that standout Trevor Chistolini displayed on the day. "Trevor raced with their top runners and just narrowly missed catching up with their #3 runner at the end. I am proud of how Trevor and all of the guys ran and challenged every spot in this race.
Next up for Dover-Sherborn is a home meet against Medfield on Wednesday, September 19.