Pics & Quote #10: Championship Racing

“In a championship race, have fun.  Give your very best to the absolute end, then, regardless of the outcome, have the courage to be satisfied.”

Feature Pic Above and to the right

WHO:  (Photo  to the Right) Emily Cartwright (Mascenic) and Stephanie Ulicny (Milford) up front.  Behind them (left to right)  Alais Griffin (Hanover), Zephyr Teachout (Hanover), Kristin Cobb (Timberlane), Lori Marsch (Winnacunnet)

(Photo Above) Cartwright and Ulicny still in the lead with Teachout with Marsch and Jen Thompson (Oyster River)

WHEN: 1988

WHERE: Derryfield Park

WHATNH Meet of Champions

The Rest of the Story

Jen Thompson took the lead from Cartwright and Griffin coming back across the park, maybe 500 meters to go, eyeballs out, caution to the wind.  She led as they approached the finish line, only to collapse to her knees with about 50-60 meters left.  She staggered to her feet, maybe fell another couple of times, finally fell across the finish line in 3rd.  I ran to her, thinking she was near death, or at least heart-broken.  She smiled weakly up at me and said, “Well, I’m the best in the state at three-point-OH miles.”  Jen went on to have a decent 2 year running career at William & Mary, before she had a career ending back injury at the start of her junior year, incurred moving something heavy back into her dorm room.  – Jeff Johnson

Results

  1. Alais Griffin (Hanover) 19:20
  2. Emily Cartwright (Keene) 19:24
  3. Jen Thompson (Oyster River) 19:29
  4. Christy Bonneau (Keene)19:40
  5. Zephyr Teachout (Hanover) 19:50
  6. Stephanie Ulicny (Milford) 20:00
  7. Lori Marsch (Winnacunnett) 20:13
  8. Amy Martin (Oyster River) 20:16
  9. Judi Robichaud (Londonderry) 20:26
  10. Kristin Cobb (Timberlane) 20:28

Editor’s Note: Due to the graciousness of Jeff Johnson, John Goegel and others, we are carrying over a series begun during the track season on our sister site, newhampshiretrackandfield.com .  For those of you that don’t know, Jeff Johnson was employee #1 of Nike.  He actually is the one responsible for naming the company.  Fortunately for us, he was also a world class photographer of our great sports in the 1960s and 1970s during which he captured thousands of sports photographs.  We are honored and thankful for their choice to use our sites as their medium for sharing their passion.  We hope our presentations can do them justice!

Photos by Jeff Johnson

Quotes by Jeff Johnson from his work in progress: “In Other Words: Things I Think I Said When I Was Trying To Think Of Something To Say.”

If you are interested in a poster version of a photo from this series, they are available for a small charge.  Contact us via nhcrosscountry@gmail.com

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