By Oscar Sullivan ’17
On Saturday October 9th, dozens of schools from several states competed in the Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park. Tech’s Varsity Boys finished a respectable tenth out of twenty-six in their race, with an average time of 14:18 for the 2.5 mile race. Sophomore Robert Parker was Tech’s first finisher, and 34th overall, with a very impressive time of 13:56. The Varsity Girls finished seventeenth out of twenty-six, however junior Aziza Chigataeva managed to place 17th out of 180 finishers.
It’s Van Cortlandt Park’s biggest day of high school racing. The event featured forty consecutive races — many of which had between one hundred and two hundred participants each. Some of the East Coast’s best runners competed, and dozens of college scouts were on hand.
The slightly worse-than-usual finishes for Tech can be attributed to what will likely be the most competitive field that they’ll face all year. The next notable event for Tech is the PSAL Brooklyn Championships — an event that both the boys and girls won handily last year. Look for both groups to bounce back then.