2012-10-05 / Sports Spotlight

Senior sets tone for Storm teammates

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Scarborough High School senior Robby Hall, a co-captain on the boys’ cross country team, has been working hard since summer to better himself and the rest of his team. Hall, who also runs indoor and outdoor track, dreams of one day running in the Olympics. (Michael Kelley photo) Scarborough High School senior Robby Hall, a co-captain on the boys’ cross country team, has been working hard since summer to better himself and the rest of his team. Hall, who also runs indoor and outdoor track, dreams of one day running in the Olympics. (Michael Kelley photo) Robby Hall is exactly the type of role model that cross country coach Jim Harmon wants leading the Scarborough boys’ cross country team. Hall is cocaptain of the team with fellow senior Jack Sullivan and junior Ian Morris.

“He is a really dedicated runner. He’s been training and putting in a lot of work,” said Harmon, of Hall.

“He is a good role model,” continued Harmon, who has been coaching the team for 15 years. “He is one of our top runners and you really like to have some of your top runners show leadership and dedication to running. I think that’s what makes this team and others in Scarborough successful. We got some pretty good leadership that younger students like to follow. That perpetuates itself.”

Hall, who also runs indoor track and outdoor track, has been running since he was 8 years old.

“My mom is a personal trainer and I started running with her on some of her runs. My first race was (the Turkey Trot 5K) in Cape Elizabeth,” Hall said.

Hall continued running occasionally with his mother, but didn’t get serious about running until he was in seventh grade and joined Scarborough Middle School’s track team. From there a love of running was born.

Hall, currently ranked fourth in Class A conference and 10th in the state, said he would like to continue running in college and eventually go professional.

His dream, he said, is to go to the Olympics.

Before that happens, however, Hall will be looking to lead his team to back-toback to-back state championships.

“We have a solid team this year. We lost Nick Morris, who won states two years in a row and some other strong runners. Our team is pretty young, so next year our team should still be pretty good,” Hall said.

Harmon said the team is in somewhat of a “rebuilding mode” after losing four of the team’s top 10 runners from last season. As of Monday, Oct. 1, the team, which was ranked first in a preseason poll, has four of the top 50 runners in the state and was ranked number one in Class A. But as Harmon said, anything can happen at the state meet, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27.

“Our chances are good if the guys stay healthy and run good races,” Harmon said.

The team received a good taste of what could be in store for them at the state meet, when Scarborough participated in the Festival of Champions in Belfast on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The team finished fifth out of 60 teams.

Hall placed ninth with a time of 16:38, his best time of the season. The 3.1-mile course is the same one used for the state meet. The festival, Harmon said, featured the top teams in Maine, as well as top teams from outside the state.

Because the team is young and relatively new to high school cross-country, Hall said it is his responsibility to make sure everyone feels comfortable on the team.

“A big thing for me is telling people they are doing a good job. Everyone has been working so hard,” Hall said. “I try to be respectful to everyone, even if they are not the best runner on the team. I try to push them as hard as I can without being disrespectful.”

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