Student Athlete of the Month: Glastonbury’s Neish

Randy is a sophomore cross country runner at Glastonbury high school, and an honor roll student. But from his list of athletic accomplishments, you would have no idea.

Randy’s cross country and track resume: Freshmen year: All-Conference cross country, course record holder at Windham, freshmen course and course record holder at Stratton Brook. All-Conference indoor track, All-State indoor track, All-New England indoor track. All-Conference outdoor track, All-State outdoor track, All-New England outdoor track, winner of the 1600, 800 and 4×800 at the Journal Inquirer as well as the Steve Levinthal outstanding freshmen award. First place at the freshmen mile at New Balance Nationals in North Carolina. Sophomore year: XC all conference, all state, all New England XC runner.   

How Randy prepares before a game: I always listen to my pump up songs before I run and to every race I go to I wear my purple sunglasses no matter what the weather, they are like my good luck charm. I am very superstitious I never change my warm up routine for fear it will mess up my race somehow.

How Randy has improved during the season: I have improved so much this season. Last year during cross country my final finish of the year was 50th at State Opens, this year I made is a step farther and finished 11th at New England Championships. It was a humbling experience at the New England championships seeing how amazing people like Alex Othsburg and Trevor Hopper did after how much I had improved and still being far away from them at the finish.

Randy’s most memorable moment as a Tomahawk: One moment comes to mind. It happened at the New England Championships when my team drove up three hours and stayed in the freezing New Hampshire weather to see me run just one race. They came with banners, with my favorite saying “Randall the Animal.” I had never been more proud to be on a team. I love my teammates.

Randy’s proudest accomplishment of the 2013 season: We came in the season expecting to not do well at all but somehow we pulled out an amazing race at LL and made state opens against all odds.

Taylor’s favorite pro athlete: Derek Jeter.

Taylor’s plans for college: Going to pursue Elementary Education and continuing to play volleyball at the next level.

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