On Saturday, September 23rd, Gunnery joined 15 other girls teams and 17 other boys teams for the season-opening Canterbury Invitational. The weather was a bit sunnier and warmer than would be ideal but the Gunnery runners persevered. Leading the girls, sophomore Gianna Russillo came in 5th place with a time of 22:00 minutes for the challenging course putting her ahead of 103 other runners. Behind her, Ksenia Korobov came in 18th, Jean Fang came in 39th, Jasmine Tien came in 43rd, and Margaux Barthelemy came in 47th. Their cumulative score placed The Gunnery girls in 3rd place overall as a team and earning them a trophy to bring back for the school to display. It was an exciting accomplishment that is unprecedented for Gunnery girl’s XC!! Also running for the girls was Aris Wang and Clari Leonard. The boys team was lead by sophomore Harry Harwood, who came in 4th overall (out of 123 runners) with a time of 18:08 and was followed by Lucas Boyden in 25th place, Tyler Sullivan in 84th, Buckley Huffstetler in 93, and Charles Yu in 104th. Also running was seniors, Mark Choi who came in 110th. It was a wonderful way to start the season to see two of our runners earn individual trophies for being in the top 10 and the girls team bringing home an overall trophy.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.