The Groton boys cross country team ran hills as part of their preseason workout, lots of hills and a few mountains. Under the direction of the new head coach, English faculty member John Capen P’17, the team headed to the coast of Maine to take in the views and get some vertical miles under their belts. John took the reins of the program from longtime head coach and math teacher Bill “Fire” Maguire, who still serves as an occasional coach and head cheerleader for the team.
Over the course of four days, the boys conquered the trails throughout Acadia National Park, rising to greet the sun and beat the heat. They stood at the top of Parkman, Gilmore, Sargent, and Penobscot mountains—dropping down into the valley and Jordan Pond to snack on the famous Jordan House popovers. On their third day, they circumnavigated Eagle Lake in the company of Groton parents Mark Kimball P’13, ’14 and Rachel Wray P’12 and enjoyed a tour of the Park Loop Road. Completing the evening was a short boat ride across Somes Sound from Southwest Harbor to Northeast harbor to enjoy a cookout at the home of Nick Wray ’12 and his parents Charlie ’82 and Rachel.
Their last full day in Maine included a jaunt on Day Mountain, lobsters at the Muscungus Bay Lobster Pound, and a movie night. The movie, the choice of Captains Chris King ’13 and Hugh McGlade ’13 was, fittingly, Chariots of Fire.
All in all, the boys tested their mettle against approximately 21,000 vertical feet over the course of their four days in Maine. They returned to campus for regular preseason and, as their coach hoped, thought very differently about the relative steepness of the Boat House road.
The training put them in good stead, as they have gotten off to a good season with wins over Buckingham Brown and Nichols and Brooks School.