The Holderness School Boys’ Varsity Cross Country Team started the season strong, placing first in the opening Lakes Region meet with three runners in the top 10 -- Noah McIntire ‘20 3rd, Natan Driker ‘22 6th, and Greyson Heinzer ‘21 9th. The following week at Brewster, the team once again raced well, finishing 2nd behind the Bobcats with McIntire, Driker, and Heinzer finishing 6th, 8th, and 9th respectively. The Bulls, however, decided they preferred standing on top of the podium and proceeded to sweep the rest of the regular season. These results were the product of the boys’ hard work to become faster and improve their times. The team used a variety of different training methods throughout the season, including underwater running and interval training along with their usual distance runs.
Heading into the Lakes Region Tournament, the Bulls were at the top of their game and ready to compete. With the finish line in view, Adam McNabney ‘21 found the strength to make one final push: “Probably 100 yards before the finish line, I just started all-out sprinting and I passed two people.” This determination to compete led the Bulls to claim the Lakes Region title. Closing their season out at the NEPSAC Championship, the boys finished 7th with Natan leading the team with a 20th place finish.
The Girls’ Varsity Cross Country Team dominated their competition this season, often finding themselves in first place after the points were tallied. Despite being an individual sport, the girls were as united as could be. When asked what she will remember about this season, Isabel Cole ‘20 highlighted the strong bond she formed with her teammates: “Our group of twelve girls was super close, whether it was braiding hair on the bus, eating brownies and other treats, or singing TikTok songs. We covered many miles and formed close friendships on the lighted loop.” This bond allowed the Bulls to grow together and become stronger runners. “The girls thrived as a result of pushing and encouraging each other,” Isabel said.
The girls’ season culminated with a pair of postseason races: the Lakes Region Championship, hosted at St. Paul’s School, and the NEPSAC Championship, held in Litchfield, Connecticut. In the Lakes Region Championship, the team ran hard but fell just short of St. Paul’s, finishing 2nd.
At the NEPSAC Championship, the girls put on a strong performance. With four top-twenty finishes -- Abigail Cole ‘21 17th, Ellie Page ‘20 15th, Coco Diemar ‘22 10th, and Mae Whitcomb ‘21 7th -- the team claimed a spot on the podium with a third-place finish. "This cross country season was the perfect finale to my high school running career… We had a fun, difficult and hopeful season that leaves me extremely excited to see what this team will conquer next year," Isabel said as she reflected on the season.
Adam summarized the Holderness Cross Country season as “probably one of the most successful years cross country has ever had. We had some all-star male runners and some all-star female runners, and I think, as a team, this is one of the first times we saw a lot of people not only competing for their personal pride but for the school as a whole. It seemed like this year people bought in and were really invested in our success.”