Keegan Glucksman helped Harvey secure a second-place trophy Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL) cross-country championship meet in South Kent, Connecticut.
Harvey’s freshman runner took first place with a time of 25:18, almost 20 seconds ahead of Wooster’s Caylynn Maldonado who finished second with a time of 25:37. Glucksman’s teammates had a strong showing. Junior Hannah Klein placed sixth at 26:35, senior Julia Mallon finished seventh at 26:47, senior Lara Dimick placed 15th with a time of 31:09, and freshman Lauren Siegel finished 24th with a time of 37:12. The combined performance of Harvey’s girls team, the 2016 HVAL champion, helped the Cavaliers beat Christian Heritage by one point to finish second, only three points behind Wooster, this year’s HVAL champion.
Despite losing the league title to Wooster, Harvey coach Mislav Forrester said the 2017 season was a good one. “Overall the girls had a successful season, and freshman Keegan Glucksman made an impressive upset of the runners who had placed ahead of her during the previous meet,” said coach Forrester.
Chase Collegiate’s Ethan Puc won the boys race with a record-setting time of 18:43. The second fastest boy was South Kent’s Clay Hoadley who finished almost a minute later at 19:45. Harvey’s Nathan Ward placed 18th with a time of 23:00, followed by Ethan Frey in 25th at 23:43, Justin Tebbutt in 33rd at 25:21, Rick Zhao in 41st at 26:47, and Ryan Marder in 42nd at 27:28. The boys team placed sixth among the meet’s seven competing schools. Coach Forrester praised the boys for a good effort against “some very tough competition on a challenging course.”
In addition to runners from Harvey, Chase, Wooster and host school South Kent, this year’s HVAL championship meet also featured participants from Christian Heritage, Watkinson
(photo above, left to right; Lauren Siegel, Hannah Klein, Keegan Glucksman, Julia Mallon and Lara Dimick hold their team's 2nd place trophy earned in a strong showing at the HVAL championship meet in South Kent, Conn. Nov. 4)