BELFAST – A 3.1 mile race seems like a long distance to be counting seconds and steps, but when the best of the best go toe-to-toe, every second counts.
“Your race is very largely dependent on who’s around you,” Bangor cross country senior, Lydia Gilmore, said.
Gilmore went up against some of the best runners in New England at Saturday’s Festival of Champions, including perhaps the best in Falmouth’s Sofie Matson. Gilmore set a new school record, finishing 12th out of 631 runners.
“I think I’m proud of whatever I did because I know that I put my heart out there,” Gilmore said immediately after the race.
Some crossed the finish line looking like they didn’t break a sweat, others keeled over in exhaustion, what Gilmore and the rest of the leaders of the pack had in common was a bulldog mentality.
“you know deciding in your head you know I belong here I think it’s just being cocky enough to just get up there and say I belong here and I have so much respect for anybody who’s able to do that because it’s so hard and it takes so long to get there,” Gilmore said.