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PETERBOROUGH: Local running coaches host track and field, cross-country summer camp at ConVal High School

  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

    Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

    Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

    Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

    Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

    Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

    Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

    Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.
  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.
  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.
  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.
  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.
  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.
  • Track and field camp was held at ConVal High School on August 4.

When special educator Michelle Siegmann brought a 10-year-old she tutors to Jack Murphy’s long distance running camp last summer, she said he was the slowest runner there. Mascenic High School track and cross-country coach Mike Smith, who directs the summer camp, asked each of the elementary and middle school aged runners to set a goal. The boy’s was just to run two miles. On the last day, Smith approached him before the race and said, if you run these two miles without stopping you will have met your goals. Siegmann said the first thing he said to his mom when she dropped him off was, “Mom, I met my goal!”

Siegmann was back on ConVal Regional High School’s athletic field Monday running alongside Smith’s campers. This competitive and encouraging summer camp started on Monday at 2-4:45 p.m., and will be held every day at that time until this Friday. The dozen runners are all middle school-aged or younger.

The camp’s focus is distance and cross-country running. Smith said he aims to provide those attending with “fundamental fitness.” They perform strength and agility exercises, Smith said, to provide the young runners with a foundation to compete in high school and maybe college.

Smith said most of the campers attend his camp in preparation for competitions throughout the year. Most the campers compete at the middle school level. However, Smith’s ten-year-old daughter, Victoria, and a nine-year-old, Annika Madeja, were keeping pace with the teenager runners. Victoria Smith and Madeja are members the Granite State Flash track club that qualified for the Junior Olympics last year,

For most of the afternoon, Mike Smith will have the campers mix in an easy run of 600 meters with circuit work, like step-ups, glute exercises, or a sumo leg stretch.

On Monday, Smith also lectured everyone about different ways to stretch before they run, or even in class.

Conant High School coach Erin Kelly and one of Smith’s former runners, Becca Kingston, also coached the young runners. Another one of Smith’s former runners, 2013 state champion Elizabeth McGurk will coach another day this week. McGurk is now a collegiate runner at Keene State. Siegmann also ran alongside and stretched with the campers.

Tuesday the campers will have completed hill runs. Wednesday, they will practice on the track. Thursday they will complete an easy run before they race each other Friday.

Benji Rosen can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228, or brosen@ledgertranscript.com.

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