Salute to Seniors: Andrew Mongiat Massabesic HS

Name: Andrew Mongiat

School: Massabesic High School

What was your most memorable race?

Definitely the 2012 western regionals. It was a huge race for us as we got the upset win. I will never forget the image of my teammate Remi hugging coach Crepeau and looking like he was about to die after crossing the finish line.

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?

Aside from my teammates who I competed with at every practice and in every race, I’d have to say Scarborough's cross country team. Every year they are a powerhouse and a favorite to win the championship. The Deering Duo of Iid and Yahya, as well as Jesse Southard have also been great competition. They were usually ahead of me, but it was a good challenge trying to stay close.

What was your greatest accomplishment?

Winning the state championship in 2012 as a team. It was an awesome feeling, because again we still were not the absolute favorites to win. Scarborough and Lewiston were incredibly talented that year.

If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?

Run just a bit harder at the state championships this past year so Yahya won’t outkick me at the line haha.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

Thankfully, I had been injury free during my four years, so there wasn’t anything to severe physically that I had to overcome, but otherwise I’d have to say laziness towards workouts during the summer early on in high school.

What will you miss the most?

The atmosphere of cross country. From practices, to meets, to banquets, to the nerves before races, the feelings of victory alongside my team and family, and most of all, having Coach Hesler to remind me that “It’s a beautiful day to run,” despite any weather conditions. There is nothing like it. I did other sports throughout high school and I can say that cross country is the best program to be apart of.

What advice you would give to younger athletes?

Don’t neglect summer workouts. They are more valuable than you think. Also, don’t give up on yourself early on if you’re not doing quite as well as you want. Enjoy it! Four years of xc goes by quickly, and you’ll miss it as soon as it’s over.

What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?

A huge influence over everything. Coach Crepeau and Coach Hesler have created the perfect program. They know how to get the best out of every runner on the team, regardless of ability. They have taught me a lot more than running than I realized.

What are your college plans?

I’m attending Assumption College where I am majoring in human services and rehabilitation studies and running on the cross country/track team.

Who would you like to say thank you to?

  1. The wonderful people at milesplit who provide all of the race results, photos, and videos.
  2. My teammates, some of whom are my best friends. We’ve gone through a lot together and I wish you luck in the future.
  3. Coach Crepeau and Coach Hesler. They are the best coaches around and great role models as well. I wouldn't be the runner or person I am today if it wasn’t for their guidance.
  4. Lastly, but not least, I’d like to thank my family. They’ve been with me every step of the way, from getting me into running, to my parents (and grandmother) running around each course to cheer me on. I’m so lucky to have them.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Watch out for Alex Swett I think he’s gonna be great.

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