Train like a champion and hopefully, run like one, too. That was the impetus behind the Huntington varsity girls’ cross country team’s visit to Athletic Movement Protocol gym in Syosset late last week.
The Blue Devils have been prepping for Tuesday afternoon’s Suffolk divisional championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. But typical cross country training can get boring, so first year head coach Beth Vogelsang decided to mix it up a little bit and give her team a different workout experience.
“We did strength training in the beginning and then did three rounds of 45 second exercises consisting of bike sprints, air squats, rowers, battle ropes and medicine ball slams,” senior Nicole Arenth said. “We worked on our core and strength during the workout to prepare for the divisions and the ‘next level.’”
The Blue Devils are striving to cap off their successful season with a string of strong performances in the Suffolk divisional championships. Last week’s session at AMP gave the team a little extra push.
“We all got a great strength training session in to work up our speed for divisions,” junior Hadley Clayton said. “It was a great change of pace for a workout, giving our bodies the extra push they needed. All of us worked very hard today to get the most out of the opportunity.”
Vogelsang and the team’s runners have bonded during the coach’s first year with the Blue Devils. She worked hard to give Huntington a variety of training and competitive experiences and also nurture a family atmosphere. The visit to AMP fit in nicely with her overall philosophy.
“When the trainers told the girls they were finished with the circuit, the girls begged for one more,” Vogelsang said. “The coach there was in disbelief at how hard these girls worked and saw the dedication and hunger in their eyes to be a ‘next level team.’”
This was a building year for the Blue Devils, who will return 11 runners next fall. The group is really into running and hitting personal best times each week. It isn’t surprising that noone held anything back during the workout at AMP.
“The team really gave it their all,” senior Christina Nigro said. “It was a lot of fun working out in a new place and continuing to push ourselves as hard as possible. We have high hopes for divisions this season. I am so happy to have such a supportive and motivated team by my side.”
The Blue Devils took a bus from the high school to AMP for the training session. “It was a really great new experience for the whole team,” junior Colette Barron said. “We all worked together and motivated each other through each workout. AMP really helped our focus and strength today, which is great because we are always putting pressure on our legs. It was a very enjoyable experience. I’d love to go back.”