BY KATHLEEN FATICA —
The boys cross country team had an exciting summer, training with two athletes from Eastbrook Academy and being recognized with a national coaching award.
According to athletes, the two brothers from Eastbrook, Christian and Matt Lesac, provide an exciting twist on the team dynamic, but do not take away from the community the team has.
“They’re cool guys … and they’re clearly skilled athletes,” said Sam Kuhlmann, senior and member of the team since freshman year. While the two boys from Eastbrook are skilled, they have a disadvantage in cross country training.
“They run for a really small school … training with us is more up to their level,” said Johnnie Papineau, senior. The two boys will be training with the boys cross country team as of this summer, and potentially into the fall.
In addition to the excitement of having new faces on the team, head coach Dominic Newman was chosen as one of the Top 25 coaches for the Brooks 2014 Inspiring Coach of the Year. Brooks Running Company began the contest in 2011, and students and peers voted for their coach of choice on the Brooks website and official Facebook page. Newman was recognized among thousands of nominees, and was acknowledged for building the community through his coaching and passion for running.
He was initially nominated by past runners, mentees, and coaching partners. Newman has been coaching for 16 years, and in that time the boys cross country has become highly regarded in the racing world.
“[His] training is really good, so that’s an advantage for [the team],” Kuhlmann said. In the wake of his nomination and the level of respect that he has earned, the boys cross country team appears to be prepared for another strong season.