Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (HVS) returned to competitive interscholastic athletics for the first time since prior to the COVID-19 shutdown with an impressive showing in its first cross country meet in the Patroon Conference Tuesday at the Olana State Historic Site in Hudson. HVS scored a boys varsity team meet win vs. Taconic Hills, Greenville, and host team Catskill. Individually, HVS girls runners, junior Charlotte Kowalski and freshman Cecilia Hamilton finished first and third respectively in the girls varsity class, and freshman Oliver Towe placed second in the boys varsity class. HVS seventh graders Thomas Madey and Alexander Beck finished first and second respectively in the modified class. “This was a really good first meet for our cross country program,” said HVS Cross Country Coach Jim Gibbons. “Every one of our runners at all levels finished this first run of the season with significantly better times than their last preseason distance training runs. Cross country is an interesting sport because as coaches we need to preach the importance of team for shared training imperatives, but we’re also teaching the importance of individual growth while training and competing. This group of runners has embraced this concept extremely well in a very short time.” The next meet for the program is Tuesday, September 14, at Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale.