Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School Cross Country runners had a strong showing at the first meet of the new season at Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale Tuesday. Only five of the team’s eight boys varsity runners were able to compete due to injuries and practice eligibility requirements, but all five runners finished with career best times. This year’s Wildcats faced as tough and as large a field as they will all season in the form of traditional league powerhouses Coxsackie Athens, Greenville and host Taconic Hills – the three teams returning four of last season’s top five runners from Patroon action.
This year’s installment of Wildcats runners features returning Patroon Conference all star 10th grader Oliver Towe and HVS’ top two modified runners from last year – Thomas Madey and Theo Bergquist – both of whom are 8th graders who qualified to be advanced placed as varsity runners this season. Out of an extraordinarily large field of 40 runners, Towe finished fifth with an impressive run 18:07 for the three mile course – Towe’s previous best time was 18:34. Madey’s varsity debut saw him flirting with a sub-20 minute finish – generally generally considered the benchmark for elite high school runners. Madey finished the race at #11 with a time of 20:44. HVS tenth-grader Robin Proechel-Bensman improved on his career best time by three minutes finishing 22nd with a time of 23:57. Proechel-Bensman’s finish was one of the most exciting of the day as he overtook a Taconic Hills runner at the finish line. Bergquist finished his varsity debut in 26th place with a career best time of 24:15. Rounding out the HVS field was 10th grader Idris Evans who also improved on his career best time by more than two minutes with a time of 26.44.
The Wildcats will host their first home cross country meet in nearly a decade on Tuesday September 13 on the HVS campus – with a course encompassing the fields and woods of the grounds highlighting the beauty of Hawthorne Valley’s home base. Head Coach Ilan Ben Sira is encouraging all members of the HVS to come out and support our varsity runners. The home meet will also mark the debut of this year’s HVS boys and girls modified teams.