On Saturday, the Springfield College men’s and women’s cross country team put forth phenomenal efforts in their meets at Westfield State University. The meet marked one meet closer to the NEWMAC championships.
The men’s team sent two sophomores out for an 8k race on Saturday. James Harron finished with a time of 28:22 and Liam Murphy followed him closely with a time of 28:29.
On the girls side, eight racers came to the meet to race for Springfield, headlined by freshman Olivia Turk.
Turk has been sidelined the entire year with tendinitis in the back of her knee. Running in her first race of the season, she did not disappoint as she posted a personal best (20:28) by nearly thirty seconds.
Even though Turk posted her best time, the road to recovery was not easy.
“I did a lot of cross training, biking and swimming in the pool,” stated Turk. “Recently I’ve been doing some basic workouts to get back in the swing of things,”.
Despite missing the first part of the season, Turk still has lofty expectations for herself throughout the rest of the season, but it is nothing she can’t achieve.
“I just want to get better and get stronger,” stated Turk. “I wanna get stronger aerobically and build relationships with the team. We want to go far in NEWMACS; we want to be a top three team.”
The upperclassman were given the meet off as a rest meet to get ready for the NEWMAC races but that doesn’t mean the leadership stopped.
“They were all staying really positive and making sure I wasn’t getting down on myself. After the race they were all super excited so that just made me feel great,” said Turk.
Sophia Andrew clocked in in second place with a time of 20:36, just behind Turk. The top five was rounded out by Deanna Carlone (21:06), Gabby DeRose (21:13) and Kathryn Laughlin (21:30).
Allison Gunter ended with a time of 21:36 followed by Marissa Paolangeli at 21:44:67 and Tess Chilcott at 23:02 as part of a 15th place finish for Springfield.
The Pride have one more meet before the NEWMAC championship, the Connecticut College Invitational held in New London, Connecticut. The meet will serve as a tune up before the most important competitions. All grades and runners are expected to participate in the next meet in Connecticut on Saturday, October 13th.