Cross Country Runs Opposition Into the Ground at ISSTs

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Members of the Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV) Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country teams took part in the International Schools Sports Tournament (ISST) on Friday, hosted at Zurich’s home course.

The ISST was the most competitive tournament of the season, involving nine international schools from around Europe, and almost 300 students racing over the course of the day. The Lions had trained hard in preparation and were ready to set some new personal bests.

SAB_20151113_497The racers were pleased to see cool weather on Friday morning (perfect racing weather!) and hoped to continue their winning streak, which they had held for the last three years.

The JV girls raced first. Lining up to run with 60 other students was a new experience for many members of the team; nevertheless, the team ran their opposition into the ground. Anna Clay (‘19) came third, despite having a nagging knee injury throughout the season. Julia Jeker (‘18), Isabel Mullens (‘19) and Ashling Castelli (‘20) finished 10th, 12th and 16th respectively. Overall, the JV girls were very pleased with second place in their category, with only the American School of the Hague (ASH) in front of them.

Next, the JV boys’ race, in which the Lions had some strong runners, toed the line. Some standout performers were Flint Craig (‘19), Lucas Frauenlob (‘20) and Eshaan Agrawal (’19), who came 5th, 10th and 13th. Finishing fourth in their category, the boys were happy.

SAB_20151113_307-2Next, the gun was fired to signal the start of the Varsity girls’ race. The Lions, all clad in pink compression socks, kicked butt. Caitlin Fowlds (‘17), Hannah Friedrichs (‘17), Sophia Velicer (‘16), Annabel Jones (‘18) and Isabel Lane (‘17)  finished 2nd, 5th, 6th, 10th and 13th, with the least amount of points that a team had won in the tournament. The combined team was an obvious first place in their category.

The final race of the day was that of the Varsity Boys. After a drastic improvement of individual runners’ times since last year, the boys were hopeful about their result this year. Raghav Maheshwari (‘16), Oliver Hinebauch (‘18), Martin Kessler (‘17), Liam Castelli (‘18) and Samuel Quinn (‘16) came 14th, 15th, 17th, 22nd and 25th respectively. The Varsity boys were happy to have earned less than 100 points at an ISST for the first time in years. The team came 5th in their category.

The awards ceremony, in which category and overall team winners were announced, was suspenseful for the Lions, who hoped to win ISSTs for the fourth consecutive year. Unfortunately, the Lions finished second – losing to Cobham International School (ACS) by only one point.

Nevertheless, disappointment was short-lived after the countless personal bests, race experience and team memories gained during the event.

The team looks forward to Sports Awards on Tuesday, and a chance to regain their title as ISST champions next year.

Written by: Caitlin Fowlds (’17)

Photography by: Susan Bradfield (parent)

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