“I’m sure it would have been pleasant to walk because it’s very scenic,” said Hamilton-Wenham’s Emily Horgan.
“I was very scared that I was going to trip and fall on a root, and our coach made sure we were very careful about the roots. There were tons of scenic views. I’m pretty sure 80 percent of the race was single file, but that’s OK because it’s nice to have someone in front and back to push you.”
Triton runners began training at Old Town Hill this summer, but before they did, they cleared a trail through the woods in the middle third of the race.
The team was scheduled to open its season on the course in early September, but flooding from rainstorms forced Colbert to push back the date.
“We cleared the trail over the summer, and the kids volunteered their time,” Colbert said. “It was a team bonding experience. As we go forward as a program, our kids will get used to it. I know they’re finding it challenging now, but it’s history for our program.”
Boys captain Austin Stevens didn’t seem to mind the added degree of difficult on the Newbury course.
“The old one was bland and open,” Stevens said. “It was kind of boring. This keeps it interesting. It’s challenging, but it’s interesting and fun to run on.”