On Saturday, October 26, Madi Knapp '21 set a Pomfret School cross country course record and helped Walker's cross country team win first place against Marianapolis, Rectory, and host school, Pomfret. Her first place points, along with 4th and 5th place finishes by Susannah Potts '22 and Hailey Nims '22, respectively, elevated the team to defeat Pomfret on the hilly course by one point with a score of 27-28.
Knapp took a large lead within the first mile of the race. "Madi is putting in the work and then some," said Head Coach Sarah Edson. "Her performance in this race and this season has been an extraordinary example of resilience. Madi recovered from a torn ACL this spring and has rebuilt herself both mentally and physically. Running in the wake of ACL surgery is a challenging and delicate task. To see Madi winning races, consistently placing in the top ten, and now setting a new course record is a testament to her ability to train hard but smart." Pomfret's course was a particularly challenging one with technical trails and steep hills in the final mile. "Madi's hard work clearly paid off as she conquered the course and beat the previous girls' record by nearly two minutes," added Edson.