Boys cross country team goes from uphill to downhill

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Freshman Justice Williams running in the Freshman Sophomore City Championships. Photo by Yash Sharma
Freshman Justice Williams running in the Freshman Sophomore City Championships.
Photo by Yash Sharma

Saturday, November 2 brought the Freshman Sophomore Cross Country City Championships to Van Cortlandt Park. The THHS boys cross country team was joined by runners from all over the city. Despite some great finishes from the THHS team, the results were less than satisfactory.

Fences blocked the usual starting line of the race, so PSAL officials led the runners to a new starting point further up, shortening the distance of the race course. Hence, the boys finished with faster times.

In the freshman 1.5 mile, Muhamed Bicic led the team, placing 1st with a new PR of 8:43. Justice Williams followed afterwards with a time of 10:06 and 38th place. Isaac So finished the race at 11:05 with a nice sprint along the straightaway.

Justice Williams was disappointed in himself, saying, “I don’t think I did well. I didn’t kick in the straightaway towards the end.”

Before the sophomore 2.5 mile race, sophomores Matthew Sullivan and Benjamin Chang claimed, “I feel pretty good. It’s a little hot out, and I prefer colder weather.”

Notable finishers from this race were Matthew McAndrew and Matthew Sullivan. McAndrew attained 43rd place with a time of 16:01, gaining momentum as he finished the last straightaway. Sullivan passed one person to earn 48th place with a new PR of 16:08. Fahim Nousad ran the whole race with a time of 18:14, a new PR for him as well.

Fahim says, “I was just worrying about beating my PR before the race.” He did this successfully, beating his original PR by 40 seconds.

Neither the freshmen team nor the sophomore team placed high overall. McAndrew explains, “Two of our top sophomore runners, Abdoulaye Diallo and Noah Silversmith, were not able to compete today.” Freshman Matan Zeigel, considered one of the faster runners on the freshmen team, also did not complete the freshman race.

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