Storm King’s boys cross country team, who won their fourth league championship in a row last week,  took a day out of their training for the upcoming New England races to help a neighbor. Thanks to the efforts of team captain and senior Lorenzo Pretto, a total of eight SKS harriers trekked to Black Rock Forest on the morning of Saturday, November 3, to assist at the 2018 Black Rock Races.

The event featured the Ten Summits (25k) and the White Oaks (12k) runs through Black Rock Forest, each designed to showcase the beauty of its 3,838 acres of pristine forest land. Lorenzo, who is also a member of the Storm King Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS), organized the project as an NHS endeavor to continue the School’s support for Black Rock.


Left to right: SKS harriers Max Chen, Stephen Muller, Kolby Braxton, Zhengyuan Liu, Lorenzo Pretto, Tanes Chandran, Samuel DeSouza, Lukai Wang


“It’s only natural that the cross country team help out since many of the trails included in the courses today are the ones we run on every day,” explained Lorenzo at the start of the race. Lorenzo was the only volunteer to run one of the races, while the other boys volunteered for various duties, including the final exchange station, and as course guides.

“I wanted to thank the members of the cross country team who volunteered to work with Lorenzo Pretto and NHS today at the Black Rock Races,” explained NHS Mentor and Cross Country Coach Peter Rowe. “They all did a great job, despite the early morning rain!”