With 11 hours of running this summer, the girls cross country team took a trip up to Vermont in order to prepare themselves for their fourth consecutive run at an ECC title.
The Northeast Kingdom Running Camp (NKRC) is an annual 2 week cross country camp that helps runners develop team bonding and fitness, as well as provide the opportunity to listen to guest speakers to prepare runners for the upcoming season.
The camp is located in a small town in Lyndonville, Vermont, where there are many biking and running trails. The runners run for about 45 minutes a day, spend the rest of their day socializing with other campers from around New England and listen to guest speakers such as 11 time NCAA all American runner Elle Purrier, as well as Ivy League track and field runner James Randon.
Senior captain Gilly Goodwin attended the camp, along with 11 of her teammates.
“The camp is a great way for me to get to know my teammates. Being surrounded by them throughout the camp helps me see what they are like outside the sport and become closer to them,” said Goodwin.
In addition to the vast amount of East Lyme students involved in the camp, the camp itself is run by East Lyme girls cross country coach Mike Flynn.
“I think it’s great that I get to see the team develop outside of school and the sport. Our goal for the season is set fairly straight, we want to win our fourth consecutive ECC and states” said coach Flynn.
With the season just starting and intense preseason training, runners like senior captain Sam Lyster are confident for a strong season.
“Our team has a lot of potential this year with the incoming freshman, and overall we have a much bigger team then we did in previous years. I think we can go beyond ECCs and compete for states,” said Lyster. Outside of overall team goals, runners have their own individual goals that they are looking to accomplish.
“My goal is to place top 10 again in the ECCs like I did last year, but I also want to PR (beat personal record). Since it is my last season as a senior, I’m ready to have my best season and lead my team to the ECCs,” said Goodwin.
Cross country is a very physically demanding sport. Running miles everyday can take a toll on the body, and can be even more difficult with health barriers.
Goodwin suffered vocal cord dysfunction and asthma when first joining the team. With immense training and hard work, she overcame those barriers to become a multi-ECC winner.
The girls cross country team wasn’t always as vast as it is this season. Last season, the team consisted of eight runners, while this year the number has increased to eighteen.
With faces old and new, the girls cross country team is ready to win their fourth ECC title.