Veronica Winham, a two-time state cross nation champion for Seabury Hall, is ready to begin her senior season at Dartmouth College later this month. MICHELE WINHAM picture

Veronica Winham has by no means forgotten the place her running profession started — Kaylee Volner is proof of that.

Winham gained the Hawaii High School Athletic Association women state cross nation titles in 2016 and 2017 for Seabury Hall, however accidents and the COVID-19 pandemic have restricted her to her freshman season and one race as a sophomore within the sport at Dartmouth College.

Now a senior, Winham is again for the Big Green’s Ivy League cross nation season and is slated to run her first race in additional than two years within the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown on Sept. 24 in Boston.

“Obviously a lot has changed in the year since we last talked,” Winham stated by way of cellphone from New Hampshire on Saturday, after watching her youthful teammates win the Maribel Sanchez Souther Invitational. “I believe it’s simply so thrilling. Today clearly was the primary race and it was good to exit and watch all the women carry out. It was principally the freshmen that have been running, they form of needed to see the place they have been at.

“Hopefully I will be running in two weeks in Boston in a big invitational, but yes it’s so exciting. We have a very young team this year.”

A stress fracture in her shin restricted her to one race in 2019 as a sophomore, and the Ivy League didn’t conduct sports activities final 12 months due to the pandemic. Dartmouth had a season of three unofficial observe meets this previous winter and spring, however Winham didn’t run in any of them.

“My health is good, I’m ready to run,” Winham stated. “I believe it’s going to be a little bit of a transitional cross nation interval as a result of I’m wanting forward to indoor and outside observe. I’ve been making the transition from lengthy distance to mid distance. I’m wanting at what it could appear to be to do rather well within the 800 (meters) this 12 months in observe.

“So, more strength stuff, more speed stuff than I was doing the last two years and what I was doing in high school.”

Winham stated her choice to consider the 800 got here after a dialog with Seabury Hall coach Bobby Grossman.

“My sophomore year I got a stress fracture and I was out of competing for a very long time, and getting back into it was a little bit difficult just in terms of getting my body back up to normal mileage, getting up to 50-, 60-mile weeks,” Winham stated. “I talked to Bobby about that and he was simply, like, ‘Well, maybe it’s simply higher to concentrate on the quick stuff, perhaps it’s higher to simply concentrate on sprinting and lifting and placing effort into that 800.’

“So that’s what I was working for in track and we obviously didn’t have a track competition season, but that’s what I was working towards.”

Winham added, “I feel that I’ve made a lot of progress in getting that foot speed back. I think that hopefully by the time indoor (track) rolls around and definitely by the time I’m competing in outdoor track I should be able to PR in the 800, which is my personal goal. Hopefully go to some bigger invitationals and represent Dartmouth in that event.”

Winham can also be wanting ahead to this cross nation season and being a pacesetter for the younger workforce.

“I think that we can do really well in the Ivy League,” she stated. “I think that we could do very well at regionals, too, if everyone stays healthy.”

She could be very acutely aware of being a workforce chief as a senior. She pointed to her expertise as a senior chief for Seabury Hall when Volner, a present senior for the Spartans, was within the eighth grade.

“I think that that leadership side is equally important to running well,” Winham stated. “It was at all times essential to me, even when Kaylee was coaching with me and he or she was in eighth grade and I used to be a senior in highschool. I attempted to take her below my wing a bit, present her some issues. Just type of that very same thought now of, like, ‘All right, maybe the Dartmouth women’s cross nation workforce has loads of underclassmen which might be going to be a few of our prime performers, however each single individual on the workforce issues.’

“And if we think about the team as one body with a lot of different extensions, all those extensions matter, and what we can teach them will be very important for them as well, helping to guide them. Running in college is difficult.”

Winham and Volner discuss almost every single day and have shared their experiences in lacking aggressive running for greater than 18 months.

“I actually talked to her the other day about where she’s looking at college and what she wants her college experience to look like,” Winham stated. “So, that was a really interesting conversation. I hope I was able to give her some good advice in that regard.”

Volner, the 2019 HHSAA cross nation runner-up as a sophomore, is grateful for the Seabury Hall connection.

“She was like the big runner from when I was in sixth grade, all the way up until I was a freshman,” Volner stated. “So she was at all times an enormous title to me and in eighth grade I really bought to practice together with her fairly a bit. So, I actually bought to know her and he or she helped me a lot, to know what to anticipate after I bought to highschool.

“She’s been such a big role model to me and it is so cool that I still get to talk to her every day, hear about how it’s going at Dartmouth, tell her about all the things that are happening at Seabury or just the (Maui Interscholastic League) in general.”

Just being again on the running path is large for Winham.

“It’s been over two years,” she stated. “I think I’ve kind of forgotten that sort of pre-race adrenaline and I’m so excited to feel that.”

Winham is ready to end a double main in English and authorities in June.

She labored three jobs over the summer season — doing analysis with Dartmouth within the authorities division, working with The Maui Daily tv present by means of Akaku, and her “main 9 to 5 job” was an internship with U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI). She was ready to do all three jobs from New Hampshire.

Her job plan is broadcast journalism or authorities work on Capitol Hill.

She has additionally considered doing a little graduate college work — she has two indoor observe seasons, one outside observe and one cross nation seasons of eligibility left after she finishes this educational 12 months.

“It’s something I am interested in and am going to pursue in the next couple of weeks, absolutely — I feel like I’ve missed a lot of my college experience, socially and athletically,” Winham stated. “I mean, why not? That could be interesting.”

* Robert Collias is at [email protected]

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