Fifty Years on the Run

The Charles B. Morgan Inter-House/Inter-Club Race celebrates its golden anniversary

Old Hundred (15 points) and Delphian (21 points) claimed victory in the 50th running of the annual Charles B. Morgan Inter-House/Inter-Club Cross Country Race on November 11. In the event that takes place late in Fall Term, students are invited to earn points for their house and club by running in a two-mile (3.2 km) cross country race on the grounds. Alumni Peter Harrison ’07 and Sarah Devens ’92 still hold the course records. Harrison ran the tree-lined course in 9:48 in 2006, and Devens’ time of 11:21 has stood untouched since 1989. Overall, 167 students braved the cool and rainy conditions on November 11 to compete. Kitt III took bragging rights for highest participation (70 percent), with Nash and Kitt II finishing first for having the fastest runners out of participating houses.
In this milestone year, it was a treat to have former SPS cross country and crew coach Charles B. Morgan on hand to usher the runners across the starting line. The annual competition started in 1969 and is named in Morgan’s honor. The race is one of the few remaining competitions from the School's pre-interscholastic days. Participants earn points for their club (Delphian, Isthmian, and Old Hundred) and house by completing the course in 25 minutes or less. Scores are calculated by the sum of the top five runners in each house, with the lowest score winning.