The Bedford High School cross country teams launched the 2023 season on Saturday with some strong performances in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association relays in Attleboro, led by the coed team’s first-place finish.
The first regular league meet was scheduled for Wednesday against Boston-Latin at Franklin Park in Boston.
Each race was 4.6 miles, divided into three relay legs that were about 1.5 miles each. Runners had to adapt to heat, humidity, and occasional downpours.
The trio of Carter Rauch, Samantha Sheahan, and Jonny Garraway won its race in a time of 24 minutes, 41 seconds, about a minute and a half ahead of the second-place team. There were 42 teams in the race.
Placing fifth (out of 51) in the junior-senior girls’ category was the team of Anna Massaro, Grace Niu, and Addi Poulter in 30:05. Also in this race, Vivian Liu, Michelle Wong, and Elene Protasowicki placed 18th with a time of 34:54 and Josie Donnelly, Carinna Dogan-West, and Annaliese Randazzo placed 30th in 37:06.
Placing 14th (out of 63) in the freshman-sophomore boys’ relay was the team of William Protasowicki, Patrick Salazar-Weibel, and Sahill Rotella. Their time was 28:28.
In the junior-senior boys’ race, the team of Oren Brosgol, Anthony O’Brien, and Micah Harfield placed 34th with a time of 29:31 and the unit of Simon Bendersky, Kia Holland, and Caden Shimko placed 41st in 30:15. There were 64 entries.