Ramblin' on their Minds

The Mavericks won both the Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity divisions at 35th St. John’s Ramble.  The Boys' D2 Varsity also won their division and the Girls' D2 finished 2nd.  Boys' JV finished 2nd and Girls' JV finished 10th.  The Mavericks are looking forward to their last two meets: Southzone (October 24), which will be held at TC Jester Park, and SPC (November 7) at St. Andrew's School of Austin.
This past Saturday, St. John’s alumni, teachers, coaches, and parents left no inch of green grass on the Maverick Ramble Course uncovered. The Ramble course had been altered from two loops to three, allowing the runners to hear more encouraging cheers from their supporters. The course was marked with pink flags, matching the Mavericks bright pink ribbons and compression socks and supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The fact that the meet was on home turf was nerve wrecking and bitter sweet. Seniors felt pressure and sentiment as they realized that this was their last Ramble to run for their team, teachers, coaches, and parents.  Yet once again, their nerves melted away as the race began and what flowed out were extraordinary results. The top five female Maverick runners—Lillian Chen (’16), Peyton Brown (’17), Julia Moody (’16), Margaret Trautner (’16), and Maya Bhandari (’16)—placed 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 10th (with respective times of 18:24, 18:32, 19:13, 19:36, and 20:06), leading the Girls Cross Country Team to a first place win with 24 points, the lowest they've ever scored in the season. On top of this spectacular performance, the team had 14 Personal records broken this meet, including performances by Sophie Gillard (’19), who broke 15 minutes in the two-mile, Bethany Ritter (’18), Maya Bhandari (’16), and Emily Feng (’19), who was the only freshman in the Varsity A Race. Those in the Ramble saw a huge comeback from Peyton Brown, who, coming off an injury, ran a new personal record this meet.

The boys cross country also won first with 35 points, putting them in first place by more than 40 points relative to other competitors. Senior Joe Faraguna blew everyone out of TC Jester Park by winning 1st place and setting a new personal record of 15:49. Following his finish were PRs from junior Jake Schick (16:30), freshman Sam Faraguna (16:38), junior Jayan Hanson (16:40), and sophomore Drew Woodfolk (16:44). Prior to the Ramble, Drew had competed in Varsity B races and was not the top five of the team. Now, after a pure gutsy race in the Ramble, Drew sits fifth on the team, with a personal record that’s 37 seconds faster than his last.

The Mavericks represented the St. John's community with honor and willpower. Like for the cross country alumni who predeeded them, the Ramble will forever be a memory of the athletes’ hard work that produced their amazing successes. Attending alumni included: Stuart Sinclair '99, David Graber '02, Andrew Sinclair '04, Matthew Alexander '02, Anand Dharan '03, Philip Taffet '13, Mhair Dekmezian '04, Rudy Reynolds '04, Kathy Wheat Huntsman '88, Barbara Wells Trautner '87, Catie Reynolds '08, Adriane Arnold '85, MacKenzie Hicks '10, and Phillip Cannon '85. 

Despite a long, hard three months of training, the runners have maintained their stamina and their drive to excel. With the season winding down, the Mavericks are looking forward to their last two meets: Southzone, which will be held at TC Jester Park again, and SPC, in Austin, Texas. We wish the Mavericks good luck and hope to see everyone at TC Jester again this Saturday (October 24) for Southzone and at SPC at St. Andrew's School of Austin (November 7).

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