Condon speaks to Cambridge Rotary Club

submitted to dorchester banner/Bill Christopher Pictured from left: Rotarian Phil Reed; Sarah Condon, Cambridge-South Dorchester High School junior; Sean Reincke, teacher and Cross Country Coach. Sarah Condon spoke to the Rotary Club of Cambridge about her experience winning the 2018 State Cross Country Meet at Hereford High School.
submitted to dorchester banner/Bill Christopher Pictured from left: Rotarian Phil Reed; Sarah Condon, Cambridge-South Dorchester High School junior; Sean Reincke, teacher and Cross Country Coach. Sarah Condon spoke to the Rotary Club of Cambridge about her experience winning the 2018 State Cross Country Meet at Hereford High School.

CAMBRIDGE — A nervous Sarah Condon stood before the members of the Rotary Club of Cambridge as she told her story of taking first place at the Hereford State Cross Country meet. Introduced by her teacher and coach, Sean Reincke, the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School junior said, “entering high school she had no intension or desire to run cross country.


Her two older brothers were runners and that was not her thing.” With her mother as one of the coaches, Sarah said she was dragged to the cross country summer camps while her brothers were in school. Surprisingly, as a freshman she joined the cross country team.


Not exactly sure when it happened, Sarah said she started running and as she did she got faster with better times at her meets. She said as she got faster she began to enjoy it. Sarah told the group, at the summer camps they ran, ate and had a good time. She found her running times improved. She was getting faster.


Looking at “Coach,” as she refers to Mr. Reincke, Sarah continued with her story. The confidence, as she spoke to the group, was similar to the confidence she felt in her running, not feeling she was doing as good as she was. As a sophomore she struggled with an injury.

She continued to run and at the Hereford State meet in 2017 she placed in the top 32 out of a field of over 100 runners. An accomplishment which thrilled and, actually, surprised her.


During the summer of 2018, the three-sport athlete (cross country, indoor track and track) again attended the cross country camp. More running and her times were improving. Her goal for the 2018 fall cross country season, run less than 21 minutes in the 3 mile race. A goal which would really make her happy.


As the fall 2018 Hereford State meet approached, she said her goal was to improve her 2017 finish, which she felt she could do. Describing the different cross country runs around the State, she said they range from mud, to sand, to level to the Hereford run which has hills and valleys. Sarah said, it is probably the toughest with a lot of steep inclines and, as she described, “big dips.”


Starting time fast approached and Sarah began telling her mother she didn’t have a shirt, something she and Coach understood. The race began and, as she pointed out, she can usually get near the front with a good start. It wasn’t long and she found herself in the top 4. Early enough in the race, she decided to set a pace, especially with the rough terrain.


As she continued to push she found herself passing the 3rd place runner putting her in the 3rd place spot. She said she asked herself, “Can I keep this up?” With the pace she set, she was able to keep it up and before long found she was in 2nd. Never expecting this.


With only 800 meters left in the race, Sarah tried to push a little more holding her position. Then it happened, 400 meters from the finish line Sarah catches up and passes the runner in 1st place.

A quick glance and she can see the sheer exhaustion on the face of the person she just passed. A spot she never expected, Sarah is now in 1st. Now she has to hold it.


Now only 200 meters to go and Sarah, realizing where she is, says to herself, “I can do this, I can win.” And win she did. The 2018 Winner of the Hereford State Cross Country Meet. The first student, male or female, from the Eastern Shore to win this title.


Sarah’s smile beamed as she finished telling her story to the Rotarians. The nervousness, which was obvious in the beginning had disappeared, maybe because she realized she was done or maybe because of her increased confidence. A comparison we can make with the run of her life.


With the end of her talk, Sarah spoke about the reaction of her coaches and teammates. Their excitement for her shown in their faces. She told the Rotarians, as she hugged her teammate and friend Carrie Price, she wished she could have been up there with her at the finish line.

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