EHS boys’ cross-country team finishes strong at NCCC tourney

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Mon., Nov. 7, 2011
Enfield's Cory Rice at the NCCC meet at Windsor Locks for Enfield. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Enfield's Cory Rice at the NCCC meet at Windsor Locks for Enfield. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

“I want all participants to be part of something greater than themselves,” second-year coach Robert Barnes said of his expectations for the Enfield High School boys’ cross-country team. “I was hired midyear last year and missed out on my chance to recruit runners in 2010. I am happy to report that this year we had the most runners than we have had in about 10 years.”

With a 1-5 win over Windsor Locks at home, Enfield is making strides toward a strong season finish. “Our strength lies in enthusiasm to run and giving our best efforts each time we compete,” Barnes said. “We need a better positive mental attitude, that challenges us to run against ourselves and what we can do, and not others.”

At the NCCC championships at Windsor Locks High School on Oct. 21, Enfield’s top seven runners finished strong: Jake Burnham, 19:35, 54th place; Tim Monfette, 20:13, 63rd; Sean Richards, 21:06, 73rd; Kyle Baker, 21:53, 80th; Cory Rice, 22:02, 83rd; Ian Turnberg, 22:03, 84th; Jacob Boyle, 23:19, 90th.

Team captain Jake Burnham leads Enfield on and off the cross-country course. “The team follows Jake’s example. He is encouraging, trains hard and is mentally strong, and has improved each year to become our best runner in 2011,” the coach said. “He puts in the work and dedication to get where he is today.”

Barnes reviewed Enfield’s up and coming talent. “Tim Monfette and Cory Rice were both first-year cross-country runners and ran outdoor track last year,” he said. “Tim trained during the summer faithfully and it really contributed to him being our second-fastest runner. I only wish he had started CC his freshmen year. Darien Atkins is a first-year runner and a sophomore. Although he is not a varsity runner, he has improved immensely and has shaved significant minutes off his time with each race. I am excited to see where he will be as a junior. Next year, I am even more optimistic than ever to recruit more students to run. Returning will be Baker, Turnberg, Richards, Boyle and Atkins.”

Due to the Oct. 29 snow storm, state final meets have been postponed. Visit the website for updates.

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