by Jim Flint
PLAINFIELD ‒ Twinfield Union High School’s aspiring cross-country squad made up for its small numbers this fall with big strides of progress. The Trojans’ three varsity athletes and two middle school runners set and reset several personal best marks this season.
Junior Ethan Parrish likes to run barefoot when a course is suitable. At the Danville Invitational on September 14, he finished third in 22:26. His 5k time improved to 21:41 on October 6 at the hilly Craftsbury Invitational. He set his most recent 5k personal best at the Lamoille Meet on October 19. His time of 20:06 placed seventh of 46 runners.
Sophomore Sam Sainz also did well at the Lamoille Meet. He placed 16th in a personal best effort of 22:09. His finish time was more than seven minutes faster than his best 5k time as a freshman.
Camryn Hoffman is the sole varsity girl for Twinfield Union. She is a two-sport athlete from Cabot who also plays soccer. Hoffman had her best finish of the season on the tough course at Hardwick Trails. She was the second varsity girl to cross the finish line. Hoffman placed ninth out of 41 boys and girls in the combined varsity race.
Colin McIntyre (sixth grade) is in his first year of running. He competed in seven middle school races this season. At the Vermont State Middle School Championship on October 23, McIntyre placed 196th of 264 boys. His time of 15:50 for the 3.2k course was a new personal best.
Gigi Guerin (seventh grade) is also a first-year runner for the Trojans. She finished six races this season. On September 28, she placed tenth at the Twinfield home meet and set a personal best 3k time of 16:49.
“I love running and my goal as a coach is for my students to love it as well,” said head coach Cathy DuPont. “The team this year is small, but they are dedicated and supportive of each other. Every day they show up for practice ready to work hard because they understand that they have to put in the effort to get results. They have worked hard and it is showing with increased strength and endurance.”