STONINGTON — For high school cross country runners, summer can be a most challenging time.
Success in November is driven by the work put in during the summer months. But pushing through and finding the dedication to put in that work is often easier said than done.
Stonington High sophomore Lily Anderson welcomed that challenge.
“Lily embraced the number one expectation for succeeding in fall cross country, and that is training over the summer,” Stonington High coach Jenna Ross said in an email. “She went to running camp and made sure she came in prepared. I think she also found her stride over the summer as well. She had a great season and I hope she can carry it over to the next year.”
Anderson earned All-ECC first-team Division II honors, as did teammates Liz Gray and Lindsey Orr.
Anderson ran third or fourth on the team as a freshman. But this season she was the team’s top performer in every race, helping the Bears to a 9-0 ECC Division-II record.
Stonington placed third overall at the ECC championships and was the top Division II school.
Anderson placed second at the ECC championships and was 14th at the Class M state meet.
Gray, a senior, was the team’s No. 2 runner. She finished sixth at the ECC championships and 39th at the Class M race.
“Liz’s strengths are her competitive spirit and her diligence,” Ross said. “She has worked hard to rise to the level she is at.”
Orr a junior, was the team’s No. 3 runner. She finished 15th at the ECC championships and was 35th at the Class M meet.
“Lindsey’s strengths are her work ethic and her humility. She always works hard and is a great teammate. She has been consistent with her training as well,” Ross said.