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Fourth-former Dima Piskun of Kharkov, Ukraine, finished in 6:38 to capture a first-place finish in the 59th Annual Pie Race Sunday morning. “Piskun led from wire to wire, finishing nearly 30 seconds ahead of his closest followers, classmate JB Stewart of East Hampton, New York, and freshman William Wilson of Washington, D.C.,” wrote race organizer and mathematician extraordinaire Doug Lewis in his press release. Read Mr. Lewis’ full (tongue-in-cheek) report below and visit the event photo gallery on our Flickr site.
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Middletown, Rhode Island
December 3, 2017
6:35 p.m. EST
“WHAT A COUNTRY!”
DIMA PISKUN WINS 59th SG PIE RACE
Sophomore Dima Piskun of Kharkov, Ukraine, dashed across the finish line in a time of 6:38 to capture the 59th annual St. George’s School Pie Race in Middletown, R.I., on Sunday Dec. 3, 2017. Piskun led from wire to wire, finishing nearly 30 seconds ahead of his closest followers, classmate JB Stewart of East Hampton, N.Y., and freshman William Wilson of Washington, D.C. Running in his first Pie Race, and not completely sure that he had actually won the 1.1 mile race, Piksun commented, “What a country!” when told that, as the fastest finisher, he was the winner of a home-baked apple pie. Athletic Director Rachel Horn and her husband Chris were the first faculty finishers, in a time of 8:58, while a quartet of seniors, Haley Baldwin of Little Compton, R.I., Catherine Harrison of New York City, Irem Tural of Portsmouth, R.I., and Ainsley Weber of Newport, R.I., were the first female students to cross the finish line.
Dozens of students, teachers, staff members, faculty children, and a pair of sophomore girls who made a wrong turn on their way to the library participated in this year’s race. Former Presidential Press Secretary (and Portsmouth Abbey graduate) Sean Spicer said that the turnout consisted of what was “absolutely, positively the largest crowd to watch a Pie Race in history, period.” The Pie Race is the creation of the late Ted Hersey, who passed away in January 2016 after having been a part of 57 races. Hersey was the legendary physics teacher and track coach who devised the race back in 1959 as a way of boosting school spirit. Each year since, students have sprinted, jogged and cart-wheeled around the school’s stunning hilltop campus overlooking Second Beach in an effort to win home baked apple pies. Ted’s wife, Shirley Hersey, baked thousands of pies over the years, but the pies are now handled by the school’s crackerjack Sage Dining staff. For its first few decades, the Pie Race was taken seriously by students and faculty alike, but over the years it has evolved into what multiple Grammy winner and Rhode Island resident Taylor Swift recently called “a combination of Mardi Gras, Halloween, and the MTV Video Music Awards.”
Ordinarily scheduled just before the start of trimester exams in late November, the Pie Race was delayed a few weeks due to bad weather. For years, the race has given hard working St. George’s students and teachers a chance to be silly and blow off a little steam. This year, senior Rachel Smithie of Roslyn, N.Y., donned a red nose to lead of sleigh driven by classmate Cheka Orr of Washington, DC and Spanish teacher Neile Golding, while Morgan Hill-Edgar of New York and Chance Bachochin of Las Vegas, Nevada, wore matching bathrobes. Art teacher Mike Hansel jogged the course wearing a beekeeper’s suit, and Latin 2 students Iza Leonardi of Naples, Fla., Nicola Rogers and Mimi Jessup of Rye, N.Y., and Louisa Fiertz of London, England, wore togas as they construed their way around the course. Varsity soccer coach Ed McGinnis was awarded a special “certificate of inspiration” by the AARP for completing the race without needed any artificial respiration. Approximately 20 pies will be awarded at a future school assembly.