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The Choate Invitational

When I started coaching cross country at Choate, we ran a time trial on the first full weekend of the school year, in part to measure how fast (or not-yet-fast) our kids were on our home course and in part as a recruiting exercise (we billed it as the "All-School Fun Run"). A few years back, we decided to scrap that and instead stage an informal scrimmage with a bunch of schools we wouldn't normally see in the course of our dual meet schedule. Although one or two traditional opponents have participated in the event in recent years, this is more or less the format we used today: no team scoring, uniforms are optional, and runners competing in Veteran or Novice divisions. It seems to be a good approach (a couple of our rival schools more or less pirated our idea and run now run similar invitationals early in the season).

The Choate boys ran especially well this afternoon: in addition to the many newcomers who established their first time on the home course, more than a dozen of our returners broke PR marks in their first outing of the young season, including a new school record!


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