Athletes of the Month – November 2016

December 8, 2016

Both featured athletes for November are members of the Cross Country Running program and 2016 New England Champions. Go Huskies!

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Steph & Marcus with their advisor, coach, and all around rock star, Dr. Clarke.

From Cross Country Running Coach and World Language Department Chair Adam Leff:

Cross Country Runnin

Marcus Wentworth ’17

Marcus Wentworth
Cross Country Running

Marcus has dedicated himself to improving his times and helping the team achieve all it could over the course of his career here at Gould, a career that started with a win at New Englands as a freshman, followed by two podium finishes and has concluded with a bookend win at New England Championships. During the season, he peaked at 50-60 miles a week of training with his goal to improve upon his Personal Record times by 6% at season’s end. The average improvement most runners see is a 3% gain in metabolic efficiency during a taper/peaking cycle, so 6% is something special! He hit this goal and more as he dropped his personal record in two consecutive weeks leading us to wins at MAISADs as well as a spectacular victory at the New England Championships that saw Marcus Wentworth taking 3rd place overall, 10 seconds back of the lead, out of a field of 200 runners from 37 schools.

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Stephanie Nicols ’18

Stephanie Nicols
Cross Country Running

This is the first time in recent history that Gould has ever had a girl run under 24 minutes and this year we had three runners do it, Izzy Chase, Laura Wilson, and Stephanie Nicols who each raced MAISADs and New Englands in the 21 minute range. That said, Athlete of the Month goes to someone who is a great example to all – she works hard every day and is the ultimate example of someone who has no QUIT in her!  She set a personal records at MAISAD’s, just a few seconds back of the lead and then went out at New England’s and showed her metal, running and racing for the win! This runner went for it… big… she risked it all by maintaining contact with the leaders right through to the end and then held on for an 11th place finish overall.  She pushed her limits to the maximum and has become a better competitor because of this. Sometimes you have to go big and take a risk, all the while keeping her team scoring in mind!  For consistently giving her best, for leading by example and for constantly pushing herself, this award goes to Stephanie Nicols!

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