Varsity Boys Cross Country Claims Victory and Advances to State

Aanika Hirode, Arts & Entertainment Editor

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  • Varsity girls star Priya Gangadharan ’23 perseveres during the race to maintain her place. The athletes finished with very close times, with Gangadharan in 20th place.

    Westwood Cross Country

  • Korban Murphy ’24 attempts to pass other athletes to move up the ranks. Murphy placed the highest out of all the varsity boys, with his 26th place finish leading the team to their qualification.

    Westwood Cross Country

  • James Robinson ’23 speeds up to overtake competitors from other teams. Finishing in 36th place, Robinson’s times contributed greatly to the team’s success.

    Westwood Cross Country

  • Ganesh Kumarappan ‘23 runs to pass another athlete during the race. Kumarappan was a huge factor in the team’s success due to his 27th place finish.

    Westwood Cross Country

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For the first time in Westwood history, the varsity boys cross-country team qualified for the state meet on Sunday, Oct. 24. Finishing in fourth place just behind New Braunfels, they are one of four teams who will be advancing to state.

Marking a successful season, Korban Murphy ‘24 and Ganesh Kumarappan ‘23 earned 26th and 27th place, with William Murray ‘23 and James Robinson ‘23 right behind them. The four athletes have led the team with several victories and contributed to the overall scores.

Priya Gangadharan ‘23 was the sole representative of the varsity girls team at the regional meet, finishing in 20th place. She had extremely competitive times but did not qualify for the state meet.

The varsity boys will conclude their season with the ultimate challenge at the state meet on Friday, Nov. 4.