Stafford High School honors cross-country seniors

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Wed., Nov. 23, 2011
Senior Tom Maynard and his mother on SHS Senior Night. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Senior Tom Maynard and his mother on SHS Senior Night. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

On Nov. 18, temperatures at Stafford High School hovered in the mid-20s, with the unmistakable smell of snow in the air. At the final home football game of the season, seniors from cheerleading, football and cross-country were honored at half-time, and despite the chill, supporters came out in droves to recognize the contributions of this year’s upperclassmen.

Cross-country, coached by Mark Dunn, was the first to be honored. Seniors Tom Maynard, Charles Cormier, Brent Kalette, Lou Arruda and Shaina Wilson were escorted to the 50-yard line by their parents, where they were presented with flowers and thanked for their hard work by Principal Marco Pelliccia and Athletic Director Damian Frassinelli.

Maynard, a four-year team member, missed the final three meets of the season due to injury, but remained positive, ending with a season-best time of 20:02. “I was hurt, but the meets I did get to compete in I felt I finished well,” he said.

“Charles is a team leader,” Dunn said about Cormier. “He was a constant performer throughout the season.”

With a best time of 20:26, Cormier commented on his favorite memory of the 2011 season. “Running in the blizzard was the best part,” he said.

Kalette agreed with Cormier. “Running in the snow at Wickham Park was a blast,” he said. Described by Dunn as a strong leader and greatly improved overall, Kalette’s best time was 21:32.

According to Dunn, first-year runner Arruda was a welcome addition to the team. “I had my best time in our first meet with Avon [21:12],” he said.

New to cross-country and the lone senior on the girls’ team, Wilson finished with a best time of 22:31. “Shaina provided team leadership for the girls, and was our best performer,” Dunn said.

When the seniors were asked for the best advice coach Dunn offered, laughter erupted. The unanimous answer: “Do your homework.”

At the conclusion of the cross-country team’s Senior Night ceremonies, Dunn commented on next year’s upcoming talent. “Matt Moore and Brendan Goodwin are freshmen and had their best time at the NCCC meet in Windsor Locks,” he said. “Matt was 19:23, and Brendan, 19:43.”

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