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The Dynamic Duo

By Robert Mingolelli
I had an opportunity to sit down and have an enjoyable conversation with two personable student athletes at GD,
junior Sydney Adams and sophomore Kimmie Harding. Both recently ran the MIAA Central Mass. Cross Country
Tournament on November 9 at Gardner Municipal Golf Course, and qualified for the MIAA state championship this past Saturday, finishing in the top half which included 179 runners.
     “The dynamic duo, Sydney and Kimmie, both have an incredible work ethic and take every workout seriously,” said Cross Country and Track & Field coach Colleen Naboicheck. “They are serious competitors and lead by example. Sydney, a captain this year, was undefeated in league meets and was League MVP. Kimmie placed second in all league
dual meets and was the runner up at the League Championship Race. They ran personal bests at the Twilight
Invitational--Sydney (18:27) and Kimmie (19:24), both incredible times.”
     “Sydney is very strong academically, taking multiple honors courses each year of high school,” said GD guidance counselor Mike Brown. “A very courteous, soft spoken and genuine young lady but you can tell, she is a quiet force, both
academically and when running.” “Kimmie is an incredibly dedicated, hardworking, diligent student who is enrolled in a rigorous course load, maintaining a very high and competitive GPA,” shared GD counselor Sarah Potter.
     Both Sydney and Kimmie have different strategies when racing.
     At the start of races Sydney tries to break out fast and hopes to sustain a lead throughout the race. “I don’t want get trapped in a pack or in back and not be able to get out. I want to set the pace,” said Sydney.
     “I try to go out with the pack, not too fast but set a comfortable pace,” shared Kimmie. “In the 5Ks (3.1 miles), I want my last mile to be my fastest mile. If I go out to fast, I won’t have anything left.”
     With winter track and field fast approaching, it will be exciting to watch Sydney, Kimmie and the Crusaders T&F team running the indoor circuit.
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