My name is Colin Verrett. For the past four years, I have been a member Loyola Blakefield’s cross country team. As a freshman, I ran on junior varsity when the varsity team won their second consecutive championship. My brother, Connor ’19, was part of those 2017 and 2018 championship teams, and having watched them helped show me how a championship team practices and races. We finished second to Calvert Hall that season.
During my sophomore year, I was bumped up to varsity due to the fact that we graduated six seniors from the previous team. That year, we only had two upperclassmen, with Hayden Roberts ’20 being the only senior, and we weren’t very successful due to how young of a team we were. Although we fell short of a championship, our young core was rapidly developing and improving, and we had a couple of promising freshmen.
The next year of cross country was sadly interrupted by COVID. Although competition still happened, and we ran decently, we ultimately fell short of our expectations when we came in third behind MSJ and Calvert Hall at our championship meet.
This past season was by far the best I’ve been a part of. Everybody worked hard throughout the summer, and it paid off. We finished with a record of 105 wins and two losses and won multiple invitationals, as well as the championship meet. We won the MIAA and had four out of seven runners named to the All-MIAA team. We were a true team with everyone making serious contributions, and my fellow team members will be friends for life.