Exposing Young Runners to Veteran Experience

by Rachel Frenkil, Spanish teacher and head coach girls’ cross-country –

This past weekend, members of the Pomfret girls’ cross country team headed over to Manchester, CT to watch a college race. My goal, as a new head coach with many young and promising runners, was to get them motivated about racing and see examples of strong female runners. Unfortunately, we missed the women’s race, but we caught then men’s 5k race at the end. The course, in Wickham Park, is great for spectating and we were able to see the start, a few loops in and out of the woods, and the finish. The seven girls who accompanied Ms. Forgue and me, many of whom will be in our top pack of runners, were able to see first hand the advantages and disadvantages of leading a race, strategies of strong uphill running and pack running and feel the excitement that comes with any cross country race. One girl said, “the guy who won was clearly working for his pace,” while another girl said, “it was very inspirational to see them persevere.” We are hoping to continue our excitement at our first meet at Tabor. For full meet results, click here.

About Pomfret School

Founded in 1894, Pomfret is an independent co-educational college preparatory boarding and day school for 350 students in grades 9 through 12 and postgraduate, located on a scenic 500 acre campus in Northeastern Connecticut.
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