Athletic competitions resume, cross country team participates in first meet


Kathy Fang

Kara Kister (10) runs during a cross country meet last year. Kara was one of four athletes to participate in last Saturday’s meet at The King’s Academy, which was Harker’s first athletic competition since the school shut down in March last year due to COVID-19.

by Vishnu Kannan and Muthu Panchanatham

The cross country team participated in their first meet of the season last Saturday, facing off against The King’s Academy and Notre Dame. Alexa Lowe (11), Alex Liou (11), Kara Kister (10) and Adam Sayed (9) represented the Eagles in the upper school’s first athletic competition since the school shut down in March last year due to COVID-19.

Around 35 athletes competed in the long awaited meet, following the safety precautions in place and paving the way for future events. The boys’ race started at 10 a.m., and the girls’ race began 30 minutes later. The course, which was composed of four laps around The King’s Academy track and two laps around their field, was two miles in total. Athletes were expected to remain six feet apart throughout the races, except at the beginning of each race when they lined up to start.

“The cross country teams from the [three schools] were sitting in different areas of the field, and there was plenty of space, so we were able to stay apart,” Adam said. “We were pretty close together at the beginning of the race, so we had to have our masks on. But as everyone spread out during the run, we were allowed to take our masks off.”

The Harker athletes did well in their first race back, with Alex placing sixth in the boys section, and Kara and Alexa placing fourth and sixth in the girls section, respectively. The three schools will face off again at the next meet, which will take place next Monday, March 8 at the Blackford campus.

“In terms of how I ran, I got a quick start to pull away from other people. Personally, I ran my fastest two-miles time and placed fourth place,” Kara said. “I was really excited to run in an actual race again, and it felt good running against other schools. Everyone did really well, and we are all excited for our next meet.”