It was an impressive day for Big Red cross country on Saturday, as both the Exeter girls and boys varsity teams claimed first-place finishes and New England championships in Northfield, Massachusetts. William Coogan ’20 placed second overall in the boys race with a time of 15:44, while Sophie Cohen ’22 and Gia Pisano ’21 claimed sixth and seventh place overall as they both crossed at 20:26 to pace the Exeter girls.
The girls' performance was dominant: Kaitlyn Flowers '22, Leila Herman '21 and Maddie Machado '20 finished eighth, 10th and 13th, respectively, to hand Big Red a 70-point win over runner-up Winsor. The Exeter boys' depth was the difference in their race, with six PEA runners finishing between 11th and 19th place separated by just 25 seconds. That left Big Red with 57 team points — 31 ahead of runner-up Andover.
The title for the girls is their second straight and third in the past four years, while the boys collected their first championship since the 2016 and their sixth in the past decade. The success is not only at the varsity level, as the boys JV squad, paced by winner Philip Horrigan ‘21, raced to its fifth straight first-place finish at Interschols. Kerstin Hyer ’21 was the first finisher in the girls JV race with a time of 21:58 to help Big Red place second overall.