Battle of the sexes; The Lady Knights are setting the pace for local runners

“Let’s see how we match up against them. Let’s see what we have at the end of the season when some of these young legs get some more experience,” said Niro. “The only question I have is how we will compete. I’m not sure how we’ll compete at the top level. I don’t know if we can put somebody in the front pack, but we’ve never had to worry about that before. We were always trying to fight for the ninth or 10th spot in the conference, but now we’re looking at girls that might be competing in the top five or so. That’s exciting.”

No matter who rises to the top, Niro said it will be a team effort. The chemistry has never been better. The work ethic has never been stronger…but the goals have never been bigger.

“It’s going to be fun to watch them show what Southington girls can do as runners,” said Niro. “We’re excited, and their excitement is breeding even more excitement. To have a girls group that gets along this well and are willing to work together to challenge one another beyond what they think they can handle? They’re a very fun team, and I think it’s going to be a fun team for people to come and watch.”

These girls are ready to go the distance.

To comment on this story or to contact sports writer John Goralski, email him at jgoralski@southingtonobserver.com.

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