Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country
by The Milton Measure on Friday, November 8th, 2013
Milton is home to a strong cross-country tradition, especially after both the girls’ and boys’ teams ranked among the ISL’s elite last year. Expectations were no different going into this season, and Milton’s teams proved to be inspired and resilient this season, qualities that were shown in their performance in last week’s ISL Championships.
The girls’ team is led by captains Maddie Warwick (I) and Victoria White (I) and has a solid foundation with a dozen seniors. Despite the loss of last year’s key runner Lindsay Atkeson (’13), the team retained much of the previous year’s success partly because of the addition of freshman Minnie Stavis. This past weekend, Milton Girls’ Cross-Country finished second in the ISL Championships, after posting a record of 9-2 in the regular season. Last year, the team battled to defeat some teams that they had lost to earlier in the season and won the ISL title. Maddie Warwick says that the “good atmosphere” is her a favorite aspect of the team. With a potent combination of experience, talent, camaraderie, and coaching, these Mustangs demonstrated their athletic skills at the championships. With New England’s at St. Paul’s this weekend, the Mustangs are ready to pull off another great athletic performance.
Milton Boys’ Cross-Country finished second in the ISL last year and has been battling back this year after the majority or their varsity squad graduated. However, skilled runners Connor James (II), David Mercier (II), Trevor Atkeson (III), and co-captain Rick Dionne (II) are helping to lead the transition of this young team. Connor, a new junior, has won nearly every race he has competed in, including the prestigious Martha’s Vineyard Invitational. Trevor and David are often right behind, pushing each other to run faster and often reaching the finish line as the team’s second or third runner. The team entered last weekend’s ISL Championships with a record of 10-8 and great expectations of finishing among the league’s top teams. Before the race, assistant coach, Matthew Simonson, stated, “There’s a good chance we’ll place [high] because our team has been getting stronger and stronger in recent weeks compared to our rivals… At ISL’s, we’d be delighted to place in the top five.” And they did just that. With strong performances from Connor James (II) and co-captain Charlie Janeway (I), the team finished in fifth place. Much of their success is a result of their solid chemistry; anyone who has seen Milton Boys’ Cross-Country sprinting around campus with their famous shopping cart and bright “MAXC” flag knows that the team has the chemistry and spirit to shock and awe at this weekend’s New England’s Championships at St. Mark’s.
Both Milton cross-country teams are driven by strong leaders, and have exhibited great skill and unity as the season progresses. With their composure and dedication through both wins and losses, both cross-country teams have done remarkably well this season.
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