Big Red cross country kicks off season at the top

A strong start for boys and girls cross country highlights a big week for Big Red athletics.

Brian Muldoon
September 16, 2019
Exeter student running cross country.

Big Red upper Varun Oberai '21 claimed second place overall this past Sunday at the annual Bobcat Invitational.

A clean sweep of first-place finishes marked quite a way to start the season for the Exeter boys and girls cross country programs. Big Red earned top team finishes across two varsity races and two JV races on a challenging 5k course at DeMeritt Hill Farm in Lee, NH.

Sophie Cohen ’22 and Gia Pisano ’21 finished in fifth and sixth place respectively, at 21:22 and 21:23, to lead six top-twenty finishers for Big Red in the girls varsity race. Exeter placed three runners in the top six in the girls JV race, including Tristen Crotty ’23 who came in at 24:27 in her Big Red debut.

On the boys side, Varun Oberai ’21 cruised to a second-place finish with a time of 16:52 while Connor Chen ’22 followed in eighth place, crossing at 17:28. The boys JV nearly turned in a perfect score as the first four finishers were from Exeter, headlined by Andrew Luke ’21 who finished first overall with a time of 18:36.

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Boys varsity water polo collected a pair of wins on Saturday, earning a decisive 16-4 victory over Hotchkiss and a 12-9 decision over Suffield. Charlie Venci ’20 powered the Big Red offense with seven goals between the two contests.

Girls varsity volleyball jumped out to a 2-0 start on their season with a pair of victories of their own on Saturday. Angelle Diamond ’20 finished with 12 kills in a 3-0 against Hotchkiss and 11 kills in a 3-1 decision over Taft while Joy Liu ’20 dished out 25 assists in each match.

Jake Gehron ’20, JD Jean-Jacques ’21 and Jake Shapiro ’22 each found the back of the net for boys varsity soccer, but it was not enough as Big Red fell on the road at Loomis 4-3. The boys JV soccer team battled to a 0-0 tie.

Girls varsity soccer dropped a 4-0 decision on the road at Choate while the girls JV squad worked to a scoreless draw.

A strong second half effort, including a goal from Ellie Griffin ’21, was not enough to overcome a fast start from Milton Academy who earned a 4-1 win over Big Red. The girls JV field hockey team was able to serve some revenge with a 4-1 win of their own over Milton.

Exeter football opened their season with a nail-biter in Phelps Stadium on Saturday night. After trailing by twenty points at the end of the first half, 27-7, Exeter stormed back and trimmed the deficit to five, but the comeback would fall short as Taft would hold on for a 33-28 win. Aise Pream ’20 led the Exeter offense with a pair of rushing touchdowns on the night while Ben Harding ’20 and Justin Jameson ’20 also found the end zone for Big Red.

Looking ahead

Wednesday, September 18th

3:00 pm – GV Field Hockey at Middlesex
3:00 pm – GV Soccer at Brooks
3:00 pm – BJV Soccer at Belmont Hill
3:15 pm – GJV Soccer at Brewster
3:15 pm – BV Water Polo at Andover
3:30 pm – BV Soccer at Belmont Hill
3:30 pm – GV Volleyball at Milton
3:30 pm – GJV Volleyball at Milton
4:00 pm – JV Football vs. Exeter HS – Watch Live

Friday, September 20

7:30 pm – V Football vs. Worcester – Watch Live

Saturday, September 21

12:00 pm – GJV Soccer vs. Exeter HS
12:00 pm – JV Field Hockey vs. Exeter HS - Watch Live
1:30 pm – V Field Hockey vs. Cushing - Watch Live

2:00 pm – GV Cross Country at The Codfish Bowl
2:00 pm / 5:00 pm – GV Volleyball vs. Nobles at SPS / at St. Paul’s
2:00 pm / 3:15 pm – BV Water Polo at Williston / vs. Hopkins at Williston
2:30 pm – GV Soccer vs. Brewster - Watch Live
3:00 pm – GJV Soccer at Holderness

Sunday, September 22

2:15 pm – BV Soccer at Prep Showcase at Loomis

Italics denote home game

Big Red alumni in the news

Catherine Griffin ’19 potted the first goal of her collegiate field hockey career last week, helping propel MIT to a 7-0 victory over Lasell. Catherine, whose sister Ellie still plays for Big Red and scored the lone goal for Exeter against Milton last weekend, was a four-year varsity field hockey player and captained Big Red last fall.