“Trumbull returns to cross country course with win…Senior captain Calyn Carbone finished second (19:23) and junior Evelyn Marchand was third (19:36). Carbone, a first team All-FCIAC honoree two years ago, missed the entire 2019 season with an injury.” (Trumbull Times 10/2/2020)
All day long I counted down the hours to this race. Previously I had been counting down a year, followed by months, followed by weeks, leading to this day. A year and a half ago, my daughter, Calyn, tore her ACL at varsity basketball practice. My heart broke for her. It was not even for the loss of finishing the basketball season, but the thought that she would miss her junior year cross country season. There had been a fire in her since she has discovered running her freshman year and quickly solidified her spot in the top 5 of the team and the idea that she might run in college. Her goal-oriented self vowed to be back competitively for spring track season, another opportunity to set some personal bests. She went to PT, worked out at home, lifted weights, and slowly trained herself back into shape. Just as outdoor track was about to begin, the pandemic came, and she was faced with yet another set back. Workouts continued, training ramped up, and she became stronger both mentally and physically during the quarantine. As an educator, I am reluctant to say, that I wanted students to return to class but more so that she could run, something she has been missing so intensely. So today, I am grateful for a season, even a later condensed one. As I read the article in the local paper, I am proud and I hope she is proud of her return. My girl is tough and resilient and I wish her the most successful season yet. She’s back, back doing what she loves.