Michaela Staniec

[Years ago many of us drove 2 hours to run a 5k. Why? It was a good race. This summer 100s of athletes woke up early in the morning and headed to Braz Camp. Some had a short trip to get to the Peabody location. But not Michaela Staniec. She lives in Exeter, NH, about 40 miles from Peabody. Her drive each morning -- she drove -- took 45 minutes. Michaela is a captain of the Central Catholic xc team, and obviously a leader. We asked her how her XC Edge summer went.]




It is always tough to live far away since I have to wake up early and eat breakfast in the car, so my breakfast usually doesn't have time to digest.

It is also hard to connect with people, since I don't live close to anyone. but it was definitely worth it, because I got to train with great runners and coaches.

This summer I really wanted to improve my running and I knew I wouldn't push myself hard enough on my own. I decided to go to XC Edge because Coach Madore had told my team that it is a great opportunity to train with other teams and coaches. I am also applying to West Point, and I wanted to be faster and stronger than I have ever been to take my fitness test.

The training was tough, but I knew it would make me a better runner so I pushed through. Overall, I had a great experience. This was my first time at Edge and I was very impressed by the way things were run. I learned a lot about mental toughness and pushing past discomfort.





Michaela carries the baton in a 4x1 mile relay, and enjoys the apple orchard's hills.



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Michaela Staniec, Central Catholic HS, Sep. 2022
Sarah DiVasta, Peabody HS, Sep. 2022
Mike Brown, Andover HS/UMass-Amherst, Aug. 2022
Molly Kiley, Andover HS, Aug. 2022
Ellis Iurilli-Hough, Melrose HS, Aug. 2022
Colin Kirn, Andover HS, Aug. 2021
Victoria Lombardi, Stonehill College, Oct. 2020
Adam Abdulghani, Peabody HS, Oct. 2020
Shannon Bresnahan, Bishop Fenwick HS, Oct. 2020
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- Caroline Johnson, Marblehead HS, Sep. 2020
- Shannon O'Connell, Colby-Sawyer College, Sep. 2020
- Victoria Lombardi, Stonehill College, Sep. 2020
- Emily Ernst, Essex North Shore Tech, Sep. 2020
- Rachel Brennan, Gordon College, Sep. 2020
Sean Kay, Arlington Catholic, Oct. 2019
Shannon O'Connell, Colby-Sawyer College, Oct. 2019
Riley Dowd, Stonehill College, Sep. 2018
Kate Mitchell, Boston Collge, Aug. 2018
Nadja Ueckert-LaPlante, Ipswich HS, Dec. 2017
Marissa Farago, Triton HS, Apr. 2017
Anthony Pizzo, AIC, Dec. 2016
Matt Loehle, UConn, Dec. 2016
Emily DeMarco, Ipswich HS, Apr. 2016
Sarah Oliver, Marblehead HS, Jan. 2016
AJ Ernst, Marblehead HS, Dec. 2015
Abby Walsh, Beverly HS, Dec. 2015
Sydney Packard, Bishop Fenwick HS, Dec. 2015
Griffin Barriss, Melrose HS, Dec. 2015
Tia Patterson, Boston College, Dec. 2015
Thomas Mackin, Lynn Classical HS, Dec. 2015
Riley Dowd, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Emily Weigand, American University, Nov. 2015
Connor Wolff, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Lexi Buonfiglio, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Victoria Holleran, St John, Peabody, Mar. 2015
Abby Walsh, Beverly HS, Dec. 2014
Riley Dowd, Peabody HS, Dec. 2014
Sarah Oliver, Marblehead HS, Dec. 2014
Tia Patterson, Lynnfield HS, Nov. 2014
Emily Horgan, Univ. of Vermont, Nov. 2014
Arianna Maida, Bishop Fenwick HS, Sep. 2014