Every sport, every game, and every athlete has one moment that defines who they are for their team as well as for themselves. Recently, Maggie Klein had hers.During the Western New England Invitational on Oct. 16 Klein was on her way to another top finish, her third on the year, when she wasn’t feeling so well. Without hesitation, or slowing down, she turned her head and got sick, and tried not to dirty her uniform.
“It was miserable,” said Klein laughing. “But whatever.”
This is the kind of determination that has helped the Castleton Cross-Country team remain competitive no matter what kind of competition they see.
Klein has been a leader all season for this team winning North Atlantic Conference runner of the week four times in seven weeks.
She believes her team has come together this year through injuries and really has competed well.
Her coach, John Klein, agrees.
“Some injuries have bothered us on the bottom half of the women’s team but we have a couple girls that should step up in next weeks meet.”
The men’s team has had a few top runners as well, but most recently Nohea King and Isaac French have stepped up for top 10 finishes.
King raced to a 10th place finish in Middlebury with a time, just over 29 minutes.
French followed up King’s performance the following week with a second place finish at the Western New England Invitational.
“Isaac has really come far this year, he has stepped up for us pushing closer to Kings finishing times,” Coach Klein said.
Both the men and women’s teams are looking for success as they travel to Maine Maritime for the NAC Championships on Halloween.