By Alex Xia ‘23
Thanks to a true team effort, Lawrenceville’s boys’ cross country team won the 2021 MAPL championship on Wednesday at the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. Thomas Atkinson ‘22 was fastest for Big Red in fifth place (17:26.58), followed by top ten finishers Taksh Gupta ‘25 (sixth, 17:45.47), and Yan Tsentner ‘23 (ninth, 17:47.22). Big Red Sports Reporter Alex Xia spoke with Brody Herrick ‘23 after the race.
Alex Xia: How would you describe your personal performance in this meet?
Brody Herrick: It was pretty good, and although it was far off from my personal best, it was a tougher course than usual, and I hope that my work will pay off in the future for a personal record.
AX: What do you think allowed boys cross country to take first place?
BH: We have a solid team this year, and the freshmen are very good this year. Taksh Gupta took sixth overall as a freshman, so we have a lot to look forward to in the future.
AX: Was there anything you noticed that you could improve on?
BH: This meet especially, there were a couple runners who weren't feeling their best. For example, I almost passed Josh Kaus, who is a better runner than me because he was not feeling well. In the future, we could look after our wellbeing more.
AX: Do you have any personal highlights?
After the hill at the two-mile mark, which is one of the toughest spots on the track, Coach [Stephen] Wallace insisted that we push through it for the last mile. When I went through that section, it felt good to put all my energy into the last stretch.
AX: What is one thing that you would like to see next meet?
Next meet is [the NJISAA State Championship Tournament at Blair on Nov. 3], and I would like to see us take the top three, and it would be great if we could get the number one place.
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