Cross Country: A Championship Season

Despite mud, rain and frigid conditions, St. John’s cross country program dominated the WCAC championships on Oct. 27, taking home four team titles.
The girls’ varsity team won the WCAC team title for the second year in a row, led by Kennedy Hayward ’22, Anna Cestari ’19, Annie Hagerty ’19, Celia Chorzempa ’21, Alahna Sabbakhan ’19, Sarah Rowland ’22 and Megan Powell ’19. St. John’s placed five girls in the top 11, all of whom also claimed All-WCAC honors.
The boys’ JV team also placed first. Daniel De Lude ’21 won the individual title and the Cadets swept the top four boys’ JV spots. The girls’ JV team won the team title, and Tara Anders ’21 took second place individually. The freshman boys team finished in first place as well, with Matias Facchinato-Sitja ’22 taking the individual title and Austin Rios-Colon ’22 coming in second.
The boys’ varsity team placed three runners in the top 12 and finished a close second in the league. Liam de Beaufort ’19, Michael Penafiel ’19 and Daniel Beck ’19 each received All-WCAC honors.