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64th ANNUAL SG PIE RACE
Pie race 2022

The following is a fun summary from Math Teacher and MC of the Pie Race, Mr. Doug Lewis:

 
Mac-Daddy!
McCARRON CRUISES TO 3-PEAT in 64th ANNUAL SG PIE RACE
Cajamarca, Farrick, Growney Finish Strong
 
Junior James McCarron of Portsmouth cruised to victory in the 64th annual St. George’s Pie Race on Monday afternoon, effortlessly gliding across the 1.1 mile course in a time of 5:45 to finish well ahead of seniors Jonathan Cajamarca of North Bergen, NJ and Chase Farrick of Newport and junior Ryan Growney of New York City. It was the third consecutive Pie Race crown for McCarron, making him just the second person to three-peat (the other was Phil Royer ’09). Louie “the mayor” Lang nipped Gordie Dwyer to become the first faculty child to cross the finish line, math teacher Clayton Vaughters was the fastest faculty finisher for the second year in a row, while JJ Oldershaw of Lexington, MA and Grant Vensel of Naples. FL were the top finishers in the sophomore and freshman classes, respectively. Freshman Katherine Clovis of Granville, OH was the fastest female finisher, Ernest “Hemingdog” Cramer led a pack of faculty pets, and junior Riley Eyman, who hails from “you know…Mother Earth, man”, was the first (and only) runner to complete the race while balancing a flowerpot on his head.
 
A total of 169 students, teachers, and staff members, many of whom were dressed in outlandish costumes, made their way around the school’s breathtakingly beautiful campus in hope of earning a freshly baked apple pie. They were joined by several dozen onlookers, including a handful of curious campus neighbors, a wayward Amazon delivery man, and a confused family from Cranston who got lost on their way to a Salve Regina admissions tour. The Pie Race was created in 1959 by legendary Physics teacher Ted Hersey as a way of boosting school spirit. Initially, the Pie Race was a genuinely competitive event that capped the school’s fall athletic season, but over the years it has morphed into what former Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz called “one of St. George’s warmest and wackiest traditions”.
 
This year, junior Teddy Orthwein of Palm Beach, FL ran the race carrying a surf board, seniors Alban Erdle of Alexandria, VA and Izzy Lahah of North Attleboro, MA tossed a lacrosse ball around while they were running, and cross country team standout Parker Lial of Warren wore a snazzy red cape. Junior Charlie “no, I’m not Alex” Wilkinson of Manchester, MA rode around the course on a motorized skateboard, the boys varsity ice hockey team ran half a lap before heading off to the rink for the first day of practice, and sophomore buddies Lucca Antonietti of Nantucket, MA, Pearse Dowd of Marblehead, MA, Henry Ward of Beverly Farms, MA, and Avery Lamotte of Mount Kisco, NY spent the afternoon taking turns hitting an orange golf ball. Freshman Kai Billings, of Essex, England rode around the course on a mattress carried by his next-door neighbor Jacob Scott of Kingston, Jamaica. When asked for a comment after the race, Billings replied “if only my mates back home could see me now”. Indeed.
 
Approximately 20 pies will be awarded at a school assembly later this week.