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By Maya Tavares ’24
After the awesome Cross-Country-organized Martlet Mush, I decided to get some further insights from my classmates who also ran the three-mile course. I enjoyed the experience, finding the competitive nature of the activity quite enjoyable. The race started off on the track and then went around campus, ending in the same place where we started with donuts and apples as well as fantastic apple cider! Here are some thoughts from other students:
Jack Jin ’24
Jack Jin doesn't remember what time he finished but remembers that he was in the middle of the pack. He didn't run the whole thing, but that is part of why the Martlet Mush is an excellent event for the community because it is so inclusive! Jack also enjoyed the donuts at the end and supporting his fellow classmates.
Payton Harding ’24
Payton Harding finished at around 22 minutes, and said that although the course was difficult, she enjoyed the competitive nature of the event and loved getting an opportunity to run with her friends!
Charlie Raymond ’24
Charlie Raymond finished with a 19-minute and 20-second time. He said, “The course was pretty difficult, but I definitely could tell that it was shorter than last year.” Charlie Raymond also stated that he is “in better shape now than last year,” and that definitely helped. He also said that it was beautiful to get out there, and he appreciated how lucky we are to have this on our campus. Another note that Charlie Raymond had was that he hoped in the future, the cross-country team could release a big spreadsheet of all the people who ran and see where he finished. Although Charlie was disappointed that he didn't win because he had “high expectations,” the race was still a fun and enjoyable time to be together with the community!
Reid Bulger ’24
Reid Bulger finished with a 24-minute and 30-second time. He said that he enjoyed it and that although it was "a challenging course for someone like myself who has never done such a long hard race, it was a great time.” He said that his legs were sore the next day, but, nevertheless, it was fun. Reid also noted that having the cross country team supporting everyone running was a great motivation, and the celebration was a great end to an excellent run!
Bella Lilien ’27
Although she is only a Third Former, Bella Lilien was the first girl to finish the Martlet Mush, finishing at 21 minutes 50 seconds. She said, “Running the Martlet Mush was a super fun experience, and I can't wait to do it again throughout my time at Westy!” She also loved running with her friends and then cheering everyone else on. Bella and everyone else included in the experience agree that the Martlet Mush is a great tradition and a way to end the fall term!
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