Coventry cross-country makes strong showing at Windham

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Mon., Sep. 26, 2011
Adam Grace, a member of the Coventry High School cross-country team, came in first place in the freshman race at the Haddad Windham Invitational on Sept. 17. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Adam Grace, a member of the Coventry High School cross-country team, came in first place in the freshman race at the Haddad Windham Invitational on Sept. 17. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Coventry High School senior Jake Downham sat in the shade of a canopy on the grounds of Windham High School the morning of Sept. 17. Downham, the captain of the boys’ varsity cross-country team, didn’t have a race until later in the day, but he was there to support his teammates. “We’ve got a fairly young team with some real talent,” said Downham. In fact, Downham is the only senior on a team that includes one junior and 11 underclassmen.

Among those promising younger runners is Adam Grace, who placed first in the freshman race at Windham. Grace is the son of Ed Grace, who coaches both the girls’ and the boys’ cross-country programs at Coventry High. “Adam worked really hard all summer,” said Ed Grace. “He’s strong, and that reflects all the hard work he has done.” Of his son’s race at Windham, the coach said, “That’s one of the most intelligent races I’ve seen a freshman race, ever.”

“It’s just strategy,” said the younger Grace. After getting boxed in at the outset, “I just passed people throughout the race,” he said. Adam Grace has been running for a number of years, and was a member of the middle school cross-country team for three years. He plays the saxophone in the Coventry High School band and jazz band. He said he’d learned a lot from the first major race of his high school career. “Now I know that all of the work this summer was worth it,” he said with a grin.

Regarding the rest of the team, “We had our first meet this week,” said the coach. “This will be a good chance to see where we are. We’re hoping to do well in the varsity III race later today.”

Coventry ended up placing fifth at Windham, with a total team score of 154.


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