At Saturday's 19th annual Alumni Race, the current team soundly defeated the alumni by the score of 20-37. Alum Jake Lepak '16 won the race, held on the SLUH track, with a two-mile time of 9:56.
In cross country scoring, you add up the finishing places of a team's top five runners, with the sixth and seventh runners typically serving as the "pushers" or tiebreakers. Low score wins. The team scored 20 with their top five scoring places being 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The alums scored 37 with their top five places being 1, 7, 8, 9, 12. The sixth and seventh runners can displace the scorers for other teams. In this race, the sixth and seventh team members finished in 10th and 11th, pushing up the alum's score by two points.. Those are the basics of scoring any XC meet, whether there are only two teams competing or 30 teams.
Paul Burka was the team's top finisher in 10:00.9. Rounding out the team's top eight on were Reed Milnor, Noah Scott, Patrick Hetlage, Charlie Perry, Adam Mittendorf, Lucas Rackers, and Chris Staley. The freshmen were led by Daniel Hogan, who placed 16th among all team members. For everyone on the team, look for continued hard work to yield significant improvements in the weeks and months ahead.