Cross Country Girls Strike Gold
Cross Country Girls Strike Gold
Posted on 02/16/2015
Cross Country Girls Strike GoldState CC Meet 2014

Left to right: Jenna Thompson, Capt. Calie Bridges, Erin Masson, Tori Manning, Capt. Erin Doherty, Chloe Mandile, and Michelle Madsen. (not pictured Katie Mayer, Chloe Fryns, and Maddy Falcone)

Westford MA - Back in fall of 2012, the Nashoba Girls Cross Country Team consisted of only three girls. Without the required five members, and despite strong individual efforts, the Lady Vikings were disqualified at every meet. Just two seasons later, our team has more than tripled in size. In 2014, we have 10 determined girls running for the Lady Vikings. Despite the loss of our admirable captain Brittany Thomas, now running for Fitchburg State University, Nashoba Tech has become a name to fear in girls cross country. This season, the Nashoba Tech Lady Vikings triumphed finishing as the best tech school in the CAL and an impressive second overall to perennial powerhouse Parker Charter.

On October 29th, our girls’ cross country team took home three medals at the Colonial Athletic League Championships. Top runner and co-captain, Erin Doherty placed a best-ever 4th overall. Doherty’s unyielding motivation and notable dedication to the team is a constant encouragement for her teammates. Close behind, co-captain Callie Bridges finished in 11th place. Running up to seven miles a day, cross country can be very demanding. But Bridges’ lively personality and inspiring abilities keep her teammates in good spirits. Finishing 15th overall, Freshman Jenna Thompson captured the meet’s final medal. The three medal hall was the largest in school history.

On November 3rd, we continued on to the Massachusetts State Vocational Championship Meet with high expectations. With knots in our stomachs and cold air on our skin, we triumphed over our nerves and beat our records. Erin Doherty came home with the first ever State Vocational trophy for the Nashoba Tech Cross Country Lady Vikings, finishing a school record 2nd overall, and 1st in the MA Small School Division. Co-Captain Calie Bridges finished close behind and medaled in 8th position. No Nashoba runner, girls or boys, had ever medaled at this meet in the past, and our team finished 4th overall for in the small school division.  

Our amazing feats this season proved worth our efforts when we qualified, for the first time ever in Nashoba Tech history, for the MIAA Central Massachusetts Cross Country Championship. On November 8th, the NT Lady Vikings competed against the best in the state, and finished 20th overall for D2 girls. It was a thrilling experience, and one we hope to learn from.

This year we welcomed many new runners to the team, including seniors Chloe Fryns, Tori Manning, and Maddy Falcone, junior Erin Masson, and freshman Jenna Thompson. These girls proved their inspirational commitment and devotion through their greatly improving times. Masson began the season running every day, and after months of hard work, she was our sixth runner with an amazing time of 28:30.

Cross Country is not an easy sport, and these girls pushed their limits every day. The Lady Vikings had a record-breaking season this year thanks to the immeasurable encouragement, motivation, and advice from Coach Sullivan and Coach Toomey, and our girls look confidently towards the seasons ahead.