Running with cross country
How do you express a friendly rivalry with Bates? We thought it perfect to send the Bates cross country team a plateful of anchovies at dinner. We think they enjoyed them.
But just as we were congratulating ourselves on the move, the entire staff of Bertucci's came out banging pots and pans to present a birthday cake to Patrick Vardaro '03 . . . but it wasn't even his birthday! They got us. They got us good. We figured that there was nothing else we could do to retaliate within the realm of good taste at the restaurant that was, so revenge will have to wait.
At the luxurious West Springfield Days Inn, we retired from the restaurant to sleep off our feast and prepare for next day's race. Captain Todd Forsgren '03 spent the rest of the evening watching The Thomas Crowne Affair, twice. He commented, "after the second time, I really began to see how Pierce totally rules!"
Scott Barbuto '03 dominated the hotel's game room in Mortal Kombat. Everyone else did school work, or watched a basketball game, or couldn't remember what they did that night (probably because of the trance-like state of meditation they entered when thinking about the race).
Classic New England weathah arrived in the morning: rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow. It was really cold, especially since everyone was only wearing little running shorts and tank tops. But at least we looked pretty darned cute.
Seven guys ran five miles, and pretty fast too, but we can't give away what happened in the race-you're just going to have to read Alex Moore's article to find that out!
After the race, we all went to senior Dan Gulotta's house in the wilds of Western Massachusetts, a placewhere few Bowdoin students dare venture. We found a warm fire and hunter's meal waiting for us, complete with all sorts of different game. It was good, even though Ben Peisch '05 ate too much and got sick. And Scott Herrick almost broke Todd Forsgren's arm.
After the fine meal, we piled back into the vans and began the eight-hour trek back through the ice and snow. The men's team made Forsgren ride with the women. He ended up okay. Everyone was tired when they got back, so they went to sleep.
Tomorrow we're going to be running at the National Championship at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. In two weeks we'll let you know how wild that was, in what will be our final journal article. Sad, I know, but it's been a good run.