By Andrea Tehan Carnes
Three Stoneleigh-Burnham varsity cross country athletes decided to extend the regular season by a week and a half in order to keep training for a race much different in length and feel than their usual 5K trail races. Typically, 5K trail races are fast and furious, and contain a lot of hills and running surfaces that are soft, rocky or full of roots. The Clarkdale 12K in Deerfield, MA was on roads, and as it was a longer distance, the pace was a bit slower. SBS runners trained on a lot of hills and did long runs each week during the cross country season in order to increase their endurance and stamina in a way that got them in awesome shape for the 5K, but also lent itself nicely to be able to be competitive and enjoy the 12K distance.
Carolin Jenkner ’20 crossed the finish line in 1:01:59. Beatrice Brynda ’20 completed the distance in 1:04:26. Rosa Newshore ’21 finished in 1:16:57. Cross Country Coach Andrea Tehan Carnes failed to chase Rosa down, and finished with a time of 1:17:16, and SBS teacher Karen Pleasant was right behind her with a time of 1:18:31.
It was a a great day for everyone. All three students won age group awards and took home a jar of homemade jelly of their choice. Andrea, having spent most of her spare time coaching instead of running, took home a t-shirt, and Karen beat her most recent time on the course by more than eight and a half minutes. Both Andrea and fellow cross country coach Nick Roosa said they are especially proud of SBS student runners for training for and competing in a distance that seemed out of reach to even other cross country runners.