Following tradition, students displayed their school spirit during Tuesday's Inter-House/Inter-Club Cross Country Race.
The race, an athletic club and dorm pride event featuring creatively clad students in festive spirits running through the SPS grounds, dates back at least 48 autumns. The two-mile journey begins on the road between the Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul and Conover/Twenty and takes the runners down Dunbarton Road, through a group of fields on the cross country ski route, past the dam, and around the Lower School Pond before returning to the Chapel lawn. Any student who survives the furious start (think stampede) has a chance at ultimately finishing the race within the 25-minute time limit.
It came as no surprise that boys cross country standout Lowell Reeve '09 was the first to cross the finish line by the Chapel of St. Paul. Reeve finished the race in 9:57, missing the course record set last fall by Peter Harrison '07 by nine seconds. Girls cross country runner Stephanie Crocker '08 was the first female to cross the line, doing so in 11:49. Victor Haug '08 (11:40) was the first male non-cross country runner to complete the two-mile course while Caroline Tory '08 (13:09) was the first female non-cross country runner to finish. Tory achieved that mark for the second consecutive year.
Crocker's Delphians were victorious in the club standings, finishing with 135 points to defeat Isthmian (267) and Reeve's Old Hundreds (290). Kitt III won the girls race for the second year in a row - both by score and by participation rate (70 percent). Simpson won the boys race with the lowest team score but Kitt I won with 84 percent participation.
Overall, 200 students participated in this year's Inter-House/Inter-Club Cross Country Race.