We caught up with girls cross country captain Abby Laughlin this week.
ELS: Is the team doing captain's practices this summer?
AL: We have started captains practices and the team is looking great! We have somewhat of a larger team than usual with about 16 girls, so it's been harder to find times when we are all free. From what I've seen however, the girls are really motivated and I think this could be our best season yet.
ELS: Will you have some incoming freshmen or new additions to the team this season?
AL: We actually only have one freshman joining as of now, but we have a ton of new people. We have Morgan Voight, Francesca Davitt, and Emily Rioux joining the team after extremely successful outdoor track seasons, and I'm sure all three will be huge additions. We also have some new juniors joining and almost everyone from last year will be returning!
ELS: Talk to me about the team's summer training program.
AL: Our summer training has actually been very individualized considering the varying levels of experience on the team. For some returners, 25-30 miles a week is appropriate, but for new people, that much running would lead to preseason injuries! Personally, I've been running about 25 miles a week, which includes some easy runs, some long runs, some speed workouts and some cross training!
ELS: Which runners look like they could make big contributions this season?
AL: Although all of our runners have been looking really strong, I'm expecting big things this season from Tori Evans, Abby Rate, and Morgan Voight. All three girls are extremely strong runners with an incredible drive. I think that group running will be extremely important this year, with so many strong girls. Although running is an individual sport, I've found that there's nothing more motivating than working with a pack. I think that having so many strong girls will allow us to work as a team and push each other harder than ever.
ELS: If you're looking at colleges, where have you visited, and which ones do you like so far?
AL: My favorite colleges so far are Boston University, UMass Amherst, and Northeastern University. I'm looking to go into Mechanical Engineering and all three of these schools have great programs. They also are all in great locations, where I would be close enough to home, but not overly close. I just loved the overall vibe of these schools and could definitely picture myself walking around on campus!