#1 Hampden Academy Boys
2022 Team Results
- Class A State Champions (Results)
- Class A Northern Regional Champions (Results)
- KVAC Class A Champions (Results)
- Festival of Champions 1st (Results)
Top Returning Runners: (Based on 2022 Personal Bests)
Hampden Academy has been the best team in Class A for the past two seasons as they have dominated the competition at the state meet. The Broncos graduated two athletes from the 2022 squad but return a talented team that is hungry to keep the winning tradition going. Junior Tim Collins is the top returner from the state meet, he finished 9th. Senior Harrison Shain will be counted on for a low stick this fall he placed 11th in 2022. Watch for sophomore Asher Valentine and Miles Shain to be even better this fall, Shain was 14th while Valentine was 25th a year ago. Expect a tight pack this fall from Hampden Academy, they have the talent and depth to make a run at a third title in a row.
Coach Danielle Johnson's Comments
The team had a positive summer training. We met as a team three times a week to run, but on other days they would get together to run in small groups around town. The returning varsity runners kept their weekly mileage between 35-55 miles, all easy runs to provide them a solid base for the season. My goal in the summer is to set the tone that you don't need to hammer out every run you do, but to run at an appropriate pace and effort throughout the training process. To that end, I consider our team's summer training to be a success!
The team is extremely excited for the season, but we have the added pressure of success over the last two years, and this will be something to work through. Our boys are not only talented but mentally tough when they need to be, and they are consistently stepping up when someone is having a bad race. At the end of the day, they would love to three-peat states, which we know will be tougher without a frontrunner like we've had the past two years, but their drive and attitude are still there. We have a tight pack and will need to find a different path to the state title this year.