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Boys' Cross Country wins 46th annual Canterbury Invitational

Meredith Berry-Toon

Canterbury hosted the 46th Annual Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, September 22. The day began with registration and observation of the course at 10:30 a.m. before the first race of the day.

The Boys' Division I runners sprinted off at 1 p.m., followed by the Boys' Division II race. The Girls' Division I race left at 2 p.m., trailed by the Girls' Division II race. Hundreds of runners competed in the day's events.

The Canterbury Boys' team had a great showing and won the Division II race. Jack McCluskey '20 (17:44) led the team with his fourth place finish, trailed by Greg McKenna '19 (18:35) and Alex Luo '19 (18:36) at twelfth and thirteenth, respectively. Max Oeser '21 (19:43) had a 29th place finish and Cullen Mulhern '22 (19:45) closed out the scoring five with a 31st place finish. Jasper Sun '20 (20:08) finished 41st in the race and Julian Sandoval '21 (20:33) at 51st for his first cross country race.

The Canterbury Girls' team placed fifth among the 21 Division II schools. Madelaine Sweeney '22 (22:17) placed first for the girls and twelfth over all, followed by Lorelai Lee Swanek '21 (23:27) at second for the team and 21st overall and Juliet St. Germain '21 (26:48) at third and 23rd overall.

The Canterbury Invitational has been an annual tradition since 1972 when Prep Schools across New England and the Mid-Atlantic were invited to bring their Boys' Cross Country teams to the School to race 2.7 miles across our hilltop. Girls' teams were invited to join in 1978, but it was not until 2002 that the race was increased to 3.1 miles as a true 5K.

Tracy Garcia-LaVigne, Head Coach of Girls' Cross Country, and Drew Houghtalen, Head Coach of Boys' Cross Country, have spent their fall season preparing their runners for the race as well as organizing the widely-attended event, aided by Paddy McCarthy, Associate Head of Athletics.

Congratulations, Saints!

Photos of the Invitational