With COVID-19 impacting our school’s ability to travel to races together, cross-country coaches Karen Bronstein and Jose Padilla got creative. They reached out to different middle schools – near and far – and were able to set up a virtual competition in October against the Bozeman Track Club from Bozeman, Montana. Each team raced a 1.5-mile course and compared their times.
The EMS top three boys bested the Bozeman group, averaging a 6:22 pace. The EMS top three girls just missed it, but they showed incredible speed with a 6:51 pace. Overall, EMS lost out to the Bozeman team, but “it was definitely close,” says Coach Bronstein. “We also shared information about our groups, from hobbies, interests, and weather. We even shared running tips for each other. It was a nice way to bring some excitement and fun to the competition!”