2014-09-26 / Sports Spotlight

Senior sets sights on another Storm title

By Michael Kelley
Staff Writer


Jacob Terry, a key member of Scarborough High School’s boys’ cross-country team, hopes this season ends like so many have in recent years: with a Class A state title. The team is running next Friday in a home meet against Deering, Marshwood and Thornton Academy. ( 
Michael Kelleyphoto) Jacob Terry, a key member of Scarborough High School’s boys’ cross-country team, hopes this season ends like so many have in recent years: with a Class A state title. The team is running next Friday in a home meet against Deering, Marshwood and Thornton Academy. ( Michael Kelleyphoto) Jacob Terry, a senior at Scarborough High School is taking this fall, not one day at a time, but one mile at a time.

As the top runner on Scarborough’s boys’ cross-country team, Terry is hoping to lead the team to its seventh title since 2004. The program previously won Class A state titles in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Terry has been a big part of Scarborough’s success so far this season.

He has won each of his races this year, leading Scarborough to an undefeated record heading into a Sept. 26 home meet against Deering, Marshwood and Thornton Academy at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook.

“We have a good team,” said head coach James Harmon. “We have certainly had our share of injuries. Nothing too serious, but enough to interrupt training for a couple of guys.”

The team will face perhaps its greatest competition in a week when it travels to the Festival of Champions in Belfast on Saturday, Oct. 4. The festival, Harmon said, will feature between 700 and 800 runners from 65 teams from all across New England and beyond. The race will be the same course as the state meet, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1.

“This race gives us a preview of the state meet course and gives us some good competition,” Harmon said.

The state meet, however, remains the season’s most important meet.

“Our goal is to be in top shape by states,” Harmon said.

Terry trained hard this summer to be prepared for that meet. After outdoor track ended in June, Terry said he “took an easy week and started putting in the mileage.”

“I started with 35 miles a week and running every day over the summer and ended with 70 miles a week right before practice started,” Terry said before a speed workout of 1,000 meter repeats on a hill by Maine Medical Center on Route 1, Monday, Sept. 22.

Terry, who lives on Black Point Road, runs a lot in the Pleasant Hill Road area, but does not have a favorite route.

It is Terry’s dedication to running that has impressed Harmon the most.

“What I like about Jacob is, he is very dedicated. He has worked very, very hard the past four years. What that shows other runners is that dedication and hard work can pay off,” Harmon said.

“He is one of the very best runners in the entire state and that came from all his hard work,” Harmon continued.

Terry got involved in cross-country at the beginning of eighth grade after seeing his older brother run cross-country when they lived in Essex Junction, Vermont.

“My brother did it when we lived in Vermont and it looked like he had fun, so I thought I would give it a try,” Terry said.

The first year he didn’t take it too seriously, but that changed the summer before his freshman year.

“They won a state championship the year before I came in as a freshman, It was a pretty strong program so I wanted to do well,” Terry said.

Terry will take part in his second indoor track season this winter. He had played basketball for the first two years of high school, but dropped the sport last winter in favor of indoor track. He played a crucial part in the team’s Class A championship by placing first in the 2-mile race and running a leg on the winning 4x800 meter relay.

Terry said he would like to continue his running career after he graduates in June.

“I am not sure where I want to go, but I know I want to run,” Terry said of his plans for college next fall. “I think I want to study engineering.”

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