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Aldrich Glides to Victory in New England's

Photo Courtesy of Staples Running

On Nov. 13, Staples senior, Ben Aldrich, placed 22nd overall at the New England State Open Championship race. The grueling course, over 5,300 meters long, is known for being one of the most difficult races in New England.

It features sharp turns, large hills, and scattered mud piles that have caused runners to fall and even lose their shoes. The competition tests speed, raw athleticism, and balance.

Aldrich’s finishing time of 16:51 was the highest among Staples High School participants, as it became the highlight of his already impressive running career. Aldrich is able to recognize this achievement, stating that he was “very happy to have placed 22nd overall.” Ben’s track accomplishment is even more impressive given the lack of experience that he has had as a true member of the team.

With all of the success that Aldrich has had as a senior, it’s hard to imagine that running wasn’t always an area of enjoyment for him. After reluctantly participating in indoor track early freshman year, Aldrich only started to enjoy running competitively during the outdoor season later that spring. His genuine interest came with increased success, as he would eventually make first team all-FCIACs during his junior year.

“This was the first true milestone in my running career,” said Aldrich.

Since this defining moment in Aldrich’s running career, he has only climbed to newer heights of success. He has not only become one of the top runners on the team, but in the state too.

After reflecting on his recent achievement at the New England State Open Championship, Aldrich said that “it was a difficult race, a competitive field, but overall an awesome experience…it was [a race] that I believe epitomized the nature of the sport.”

Aldrich’s journey to the top is an inspirational story of motivation and perseverance. With all that Aldrich has achieved in this short time, the future looks extremely bright for the Staples senior.

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