Cross country succeeds at districts

Though it was far from perfect running weather during the district tournament this past October, the boys’ cross-country team battled hard to take home a first place win.

The boys competed at Big Springs High School, earning 145 points beating their rivals Warwick.

“Every single runner contributed to this exciting District Championship,” said Coach Brandon Risser.

Freshman Tommy Bildheiser and freshman Luke Hinegardner led the team placing 9th and 10th, while William Sheffield (27th), Ben McElroy (46th), DJ Laliberte (56th) and Ryan Schicchitano (59th) each helped to seal the deal for the team.

“It was a great feeling, it felt awesome winning together as a team,” said Tommy Bildhesier.

Competing against multiple different schools, each of the coaches and runners agreed that districts were an incredible experience.

“Seeing all the guys run to the tent after we found out we won was a pretty memorable celebration,” said Risser.

The next step for the boy’s team was to compete at states Nov. 3.

“We really had to turn the page and put all of our energy and excitement into preparing for this race,” said Risser.

Luke Hinegardener(72nd), Jake Barrett(143th), William Sheffield(149th), Ben McElroy(173rd), Ryan Schicchitano(183rd), Tommy Bildheiser (186th) and DJ Laliberte(202nd) contributed to the team placing 17th overall.

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