Moments from GDS Cross Country’s Resurgent Season

After missing the 2020 season, the GDS cross country team returned in full force this fall, competing in seven meets from early September to the start of November. The season culminated with all three men’s teams winning at the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference championships, the women’s teams placing sixth in the Independent School League and both varsity teams finishing third in the D.C. State Athletic Association championships. Kaiden J. Yu, a member of the team and photographer for the Bit, captured photos from meets throughout the season.

Sophomore Ellie Kessler leads her pack at the Georgetown Preparatory Classic.
Sophomore Cole Huh, left, and senior Noah Freedman work together on a downhill at Georgetown Prep.
Senior Leah Belber, left, and freshman Ava Hall stride across the Salesianum Invitational course at Delaware’s Brandywine Creek State Park.
A pack of junior-varsity boys crest Salesianum’s infamous Maintenance Hill.
Freshmen Wyatt Grace, Gideon Siff and Nathan Ireri (left to right) in synchronized formation at the Glory Days Grill Invitational in Virginia’s Bull Run Regional Park.
Making a hard left, junior Arjun Pathiyal begins to outkick his competitors at Glory Days.
Head coach Anthony Belber speaks to the men’s varsity team after their Glory Days race.
Anticipating a sudden dip and a sharp right turn, senior Sophie Axelrod surges ahead in her Skip Grant Invitational race at the Montgomery County Agricultural History Farm Park.
Sophomore Thomas Ogada passes other runners at Skip Grant.
The freshmen and sophomore boys huddle before the start of their MAC championship race.
Freshman Julia Young, left, and junior Izzy Auserwald speed through the creek in the ISL championships.
The varsity boys proudly display their MAC banner.
Senior Miriam Akhmetshin flies the GDS Athletics flag at the D.C. State Athletic Association championship meet.
Senior Miles Huh leaps into the iconic “Lake Huh” at Kenilworth Park.