Selected members of the Lions’ Cross Country team flew to Vienna on Thursday to compete in the SCIS (Sports Community of International Schools) tournament, hosted by VIS (Vienna International School).
The tournament was spread over two days, with a 5km race on Friday and a 3.5km race on Saturday for the Upper School teams. Both courses consisted of a 1km loop, with runners completing multiple laps. Because of this, the team received constant support from coaches and teammates throughout their races – something they were not used to!
After an uneventful plane ride and a restful night at the host families, the team was ready on Friday morning for their first race. The weather was perfect for running, and the course flat. After the Middle School boys’ and girls’ races, the Upper School girls toed the line.
The girls dominated the race, with the six Zurich runners all finishing in the top six places. Hannah Friedrichs (‘17), Anna Clay (‘19) and Caitlin Fowlds (‘17) finished third, second and first respectively.
The Upper School boys didn’t fail to maintain the standard. Raghav Maheshwari (‘16) finished second in a sprint finish after leading for the majority of the race. Flint Craig (‘19) and Martin Kessler (‘17) also ran well, finishing sixth and seventh.
After the first day, the Middle School boys’ team was ranked second behind VIS, and both Upper School teams were in first place in their categories. As there were only four Middle School girls (with five completing a team) the Middle School Girls team was automatically in last place in their category. The other Zurich teams knew they would have to work hard for ZIS (Zurich International School) to place 1st overall.
The next day, the air was crisp and the Lions were ready to fight – despite some stiff muscles. Varsity boys ran first, once again fighting to maintain their lead on the other schools. While Raghav Maheshwari (‘16) finished second again, Flint Craig (‘19) and Martin Kessler (‘17) improved on the second day, coming fifth and sixth.
The Varsity girls, despite having Anna Clay (‘19) sit out due to a knee injury, won their category once again, very convincingly. Caitlin Fowlds (‘17), Hannah Friedrichs (‘17), Julia Jeker (‘18), Isabel Lane (‘17) and Zita Baronnet (‘17) came first, second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.
After working hard, ZIS tied for first place with VIS – an amazing achievement, seeing as the Lions did not have four full teams!
The Cross Country team anticipates a competition at TASIS (The American School in Switzerland) in Lugano after a well-deserved October Break.
Written by: Caitlin Fowlds ‘17
Photography by: Coach Mullens