Thursday November 30, 2017
The Green Mountain Athletic Association (GMAA) brought over 40 Vermont athletes to the New England Association Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships November 12. Held in Smithfield, Rhode Island, the meet was contested by one of the largest fields to date and included several South Burlington youth.
Competing at the event were first timers, Mia Carmoli, Rowan Killeen, Paige Poirer, and Rowan Nenniger. All students at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School (FHTMS), the four were part of the school’s running team’s successful season.
FHTMS eighth grader Sierra Fisher, who for the second year advanced to the Region 1 meet with an impressive seventh place finish, will be joined by South Burlington High School freshman Camille Bolduc as the team of age 13/14 girls try for a National bid. Bolduc did not race in the Junior Olympic meet as she was competing the same weekend at the High School New England Championships in Belfast, Maine, where she finished 39th out of 258. Bolduc was the third Vermont finisher in that race and fifth freshman overall.
Also racing at the Junior Olympic Championships was South Burlington High School sophomore
Trey Uttecht. A resident of Georgia, Uttecht also qualified to advance.
“The depth of the race fields at this year’s association meet reminded me of when I first started in Division 1 for the University of Vermont,” exclaimed coach Damian Bolduc. This was affirmed by USA Track and Field New England President Steve Vitones who said, “New England is the premier association in the country, due in no small part by the growing contingent of Vermont athletes.”
GMAA Coach Damian Bolduc coaches alongside his wife Jessica Bolduc, who manages the team and is the GMAA current president. Both were former Junior Olympians in 1999 and met on the UVM running team. Damian Bolduc adds, “The Junior Olympic series provides a wonderful opportunity for youth interested in continuing their running. We are so happy to extend the possibilities this program brought to us as aspiring runners to the next generation. It’s full circle for us.”