Cross-country continues dynasty into 2007 season

By Denebola
Published: November 2007
By Caleb Alperin
Call it emotion. Call it passion. Call it commitment. Whatever it’s called, the boy’s cross-country team has it.
With an 8-1 record this year, the team finished in fifth place in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA) rankings. Ahead of South were Brookline (10-0), Whitman-Hanson (9-0), Nashoba, and Lincoln Sudbury (9-0).
“The team is very consistent every year,” South athletic director, Scott Perrin, said. “Each year we’re sending more and more kids to states.”
This is not the only successful year that the team has had. In the last three years, the cross country team has finished among the top 20 teams in the state.
Many would think that, with 37 runners on the team, the majority of talent would lie in the hands of the experienced seniors. This year, however, the team’s most of team’s most talented runners are juniors.
“Every year, South has gifted underclassmen. The upperclassmen mentor the underclassmen,” Perrin said.
“The freshmen and sophomores end up running very well because of it.”
Captains Will Cha, John Beck, both juniors, and senior Cliff Bargar, led the boys’ team this year and seniors Sonya Freeman, Nina Slote and Hannah Westbrook led the girls’ team.
Six of South’s runners finished in the top 100 at the 32nd annual cross country invitational on November 7.
The total team score placed the team in sixth place for juniors and seniors.
Senior Matt Weaver finished highest for South in the 26th place. Other top runners included Aden Forrow, who finished 39th and Igal Bubar, who finished 51st.
For the sophomore race, Yuji Wakimoto finished in the top 10 with a seventh place finish.
Although the senior runners have done their job well, they are leaving with the comfort of knowing that not only the juniors can continue the team’s tradition of excellence.
“If I could use one word to describe the team,” Perrin said, “it would be focused.”

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