Cross Country Blog: Skyhawk Relays

By Caroline McBride, Stonehill College

Hi everyone.  I'm Caroline McBride, a senior at Stonehill College and captain of the XC team.   The past few weeks have been incredibly busy for my teammates and I.  Since reporting for preseason on August 19th, we have been readjusting to the daily grind of classes and running.
This year we kicked our season off with our annual "Skyhawk Relays," in which each member of a team of three runs a 2 mile leg before passing the baton.  I'm proud to say I was the first leg on the winning team this year, along with my co-captains Kristen Veit and Chelsea Bishop.  The event was the perfect opportunity to really wake our bodies up to racing without jumping into a full 5K.
Other NE-10 teams made an appearance at the relays, including Merrimack, Saint Anselm and Franklin Pierce.  All in all it was a great sneak peak at the upcoming cross country season.
This past Saturday, September 8, the Stonehill women competed at the 31st annual Shacklette Invitational at Saint Anselm College.  Our head Coach Karen Boen decided to hold out some of our runners, including myself.  Still, the Skyhawks secured a solid victory, scoring 18 total points.  Saint Anselm finished second with 57 points, followed by Assumption with 96 points.
Stonehill's own Emily Regan took first place, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes and 17.4 seconds.  Newcomer Julia Berkowicz finished second in 19:34.5, quickly followed by Stonehill senior Erin Carmone in 19:35.  The remaining seven Skyhawks who competed in the race continued close behind.
Although I didn't race this weekend, I was incredibly proud of my teammates.  Watching the packs of purple run through the hilly course was enough to pump up those of us who were cheering them on.
The girls who didn't race included myself, Kristen, Chelsea, Sarah Biggers, Brianna Venturo and Emily Anderson.  We went for a run around the campus at St. A's before cheering on our runners, and we were met with some serious hills.  Props to you guys who train there was almost impossible to run more than half a mile without hitting ANOTHER hill.  Needless to say I feel like we got a pretty solid run in.
Sunday morning, the entire team met for our weekly long run through Borderland State Park in Easton.  It was surprisingly cool,  which was a nice change from the extreme humidity we faced last week.  The rain also held off.  We really couldn't have asked for better weather for a long run.  Chelsea and I did the 12.5 loop in a pretty solid time.  I guess that's what getting caught up in conversation will do...the run flew by.
This upcoming weekend the Skyhawks will compete in the Minuteman Invitational hosted by UMass Amherst.