Mountain Biking had it's series opening at Proctor on Wednesday. Several students were racing for the first time, and veteran riders Abby Ingram placed 3rd in the Girls B Class and AJ Lee was 10th in the Boys A Class. Dublin placed 8th overall in a field of 27 teams and over 400 riders.
The Dublin Cross Country team opened its competitive season on Wednesday on a fast course along the Ashley Reservoir in southwestern Mass. It was an historic day for both teams, with all five scoring runners finishing within the top ten overall for both the girls' and boys' races, despite a field of 7 teams! In addition to displaying great depth as a team, many Dublin runners ran PR's, taking advantage of the relatively flat terrain.
Congratulations are in order for newcomer Lila White who won the girls' race, followed closely by Lee Smith (3rd), Isolina Miller (5th), Rielly Harrison (9th) and Aggie Macy (10th).
On the boys' side, Max Johnson led the charge with his strongest finish ever (both overall and for the team) in 3rd place, followed by Quinn Wilson (4th), Aaro Virtanen (5th), Kyle Mincey (8th), and Ian Baker (9th).
Congratulations to all first time runners. The prospects for continued success this season are as strong as ever!
The Wildcats took control of the first half creating numerous opportunities before sophomore Lawrence Chen broke free for the game's first goal. Sophomore Will Armstrong placed a perfect pass between two defenders to send Chen through for the 1-0 lead. Dublin again scored on a Lawrence Chen break away to stake a 2-0 lead with 20 minutes remaining. High Mowing scored with six minutes left in regulation. The Dublin defense anchored by senior Kyle Greenberg and sophomore Will Orr secured the 2-1 win. Goalkeeper Aidan Ansted recorded his first win in goal, making six saves on the day.
Now that school is up and running I need to get back into writing my blog! I will start with a short post. One of the many highlights of the camping trip we took to Waterville Valley just over a week ago took place on the summit of Mount Osceola. While waiting for the fog to clear Nico and I decided to recite passages from Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, which Nico just happened to have had in his backpack. I played Macduff and Nico played Malcolm. “This avarice sticks deeper, grows with more pernicious root…” We had so much fun that I ordered a copy of the play and have been reading it ever since. One thing you quickly learn in the Dublin community is that you never know when, where or by whom you will be inspired. I have not read Shakespeare since college and I am enjoying it thoroughly
Dublin traveled to face last year's RVAL runner ups. The cold, rain, and mud that characterized last year's matchup was replaced with brutal heat and humidity. Despite Dublin's strong play in the opening minutes, Stoneleigh struck first and held the lead for most of the half until Lucy Walton scored her first career goal. Dublin added another when Luna Hicks drilled one from the eighteen into the top left corner. Dublin's strong back four repelled several well coordinated attacks late in the half ensuring the win.
Will and Francisco in A fleet and Cynthia and Dan in B represented Dublin in a 12-boat high school regatta held in Portland harbor Saturday 9/15. Despite delays for no wind and, later, fog which limited visibility on the race course to about 75 yards, A and B fleets each completed 6 races. Due to the distance to Portland, these regattas are 14-15 hour days for the students, no small commitment. They are also a great opportunity for Dubliners to sail in decent-sized fleets among some of the most skilled of their peers. Accordingly, even though Dublin rarely brings home top-of-the-fleet race results, attending these regattas has great value. Team representatives plan to go to Portland each Saturday into early October.