Catlin Gabel Handicapper Levels the Playing Field

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The cross country team post-race earlier this season. (Photo: Chris Skrapits)
The cross country team post-race earlier this season. (Photo: Chris Skrapits)

Yesterday afternoon marked the annual Catlin Gabel Handicapper cross country meet, hosting both Middle and High School competitions. Both races takes place on Catlin’s campus and features a wide range of terrain. High School runners start on the track and the course weaves around campus for a total of 3.1 miles.

This particular race is special since it is the only race of the season that gives each contestant a chance at first place. Slower runners receive smaller handicaps while faster runners start as much as 14 minutes behind, all according to each individuals expected finish time. The goal is to have all contestants finish the race at around the same time.

Furthermore, awards are given out to the first 10 runners to cross the finish line, rather than those with the fastest times.

Aliya Mahmoud ’17, a runner in yesterday’s race commented, “I really liked the concept of the race and how everyone should finish together as team despite their different paces. It really represents Catlin’s approach to sports and teamwork.”

Both the girls and boys team competed well, and look forward to the next meet this coming Saturday.