What super help we had today! Biggest kudos to the writers (Kristie and Miranda) who had to decipher almost 200 sweaty, exhausted stinky middle schoolers last names. Marvelous job! Also Lauren who said that roughly half of them grabbed her hand instead of the card, and poor David, Matt, and Dylan (but mostly David) who had to go WAY out of their comfort zones to corral the kids as they crossed the line. A sample of my scolding them: "David, get into the middle of the chute! NONONONO, the middle! Right HERE! Go farther down, Matt! C'mon Dylan, get INTO the chute so you can actually TELL them where to go!" Poor guys. Kaitlyn saved you all when she took over as head chute official. And of course, thanks to all the course marshalls out there, just hangin' in the woods.
For the actual race, it was future MV star Sophia R. who took the race, in what must be about 10 seconds or so off the course record (I need to check my old meet sheets - I used to keep track of this stuff). Running for Andover, she led the entire race, making it entertaining through the middle mile before running away with it over the final quarter mile. She was rumored to have made fun of the girls behind her, but the true story I overheard from her coach ("that Andover girl was not even winded. She wanted to talk and congratulate my girls, but they couldn't talk and she said "oh, you're too tired right now"). Nice. As for actual MV girls, it was our very own Coach Sandu's daughter (also Sophia) who was the top runner in 9th.
On the boys side, MV's Eli D. led for the first 1/3rd of a mile, before relinquishing the lead (he finished a respectable 27th and 2nd for MV). Tops for MV was 6th-grader (?) Mercier in 16th. Notably running his best race ever was Maizie's bro, Clyde, finishing 65th of 107 finishers. Great jobs middle schoolers, we're looking forward to racing with you!