WESTMINSTER -- With the Terriers boys’ track team recently capturing a division three track championship at Green Mountain High School this spring, their recent accomplishments have added yet another feather in the cap of a program that continues to grow in strength.
"I think track is gaining popularity for a couple reasons, one being the Middle School program that has more then 40 kids and is coached by Josh Ferenc," said BFUHS track coach Tim Eno. "It’s an individual, yet team sport, so athletes can set realistic goals and improve on them."
This year, Eno’s squad showed just how deep their program has become, as the Terriers racked up 161 points on the day, beating out second place Thetford by a resounding 70 points.
"In my 19 years of coaching track at Bellows Falls, I have never seen a team get so pumped up for the state meet," said Eno. "All the way to the meet the kids were singing the school song and chanting other BF chants. It was awesome."
Beyond the recent success as a team, Eno has also cultivated numerous athletes who have reached the top of their division, allowing them to capture individual state championships and a chance to travel to the New England meet to see how they stack up with athletes from all over the region.
At the forefront of this individual success is Jamie Moore, a junior long distance runner who currently holds the division three state records in the 800, 1500 and 3000-meter events.
What makes stories like Jamie’s unique, is that for the longest time, running did not even serve as a blip on the radar for Moore’s athletic endeavors, as his focus on long distance running did not come about until he was given a chance opportunity to compete.
"Jamie ran in one race when he was in eighth grade because his brother Willie was sick," said Eno. "With no training he finished third."
Jamie, who had focused more on baseball and basketball until that time, started to realize that he may have a future in track and soon commenced training, thanks to encouragement from coach Eno and middle school coach, Josh Ferenc. "Watching Ferenc run inspired me to get out and train," said Moore. "He’s not only a great runner, but a great guy."
After his early success in middle school, Jamie decided to give running further attention his freshmen year when he joined Eno’s cross-country squad.
However, the road has not always been easy for Jamie, as he has had to preserve over numerous injuries including a broken arm and fractured foot, which took him out of contention his sophomore year of cross country, when he had set high hopes of winning the division three state championship.
Although Jamie limped to the finish line in a time just over 25 minutes that day, the abundance of strong Terrier runners illustrated the depth of the program, as they were still able to capture the division three state title. "The team stepped up huge," said Jamie.
One of these teammates is Moore’s younger brother Willie, who has begun to take his own passion in running to a higher level, which has driven Jamie to train harder, knowing that his younger brother is right on his heels.
Jamie has continued to work on his time both in track and cross country and, along the way has accumulated a wide range of impressive finishes, including a 13th place finish in the New England one-mile indoor track event and an individual championship at last year’s division three state cross country championship.
However, these accomplishments are not enough for Jamie, as he continues to look for ways to improve upon his times.
"I still get pretty nervous before races," said Jamie. "But I tell myself that it is only going to hurt for a moment and then I will have all the rest of the day to think about whether I pushed myself enough."
Jamie, who recently finished in the top 25 in the New England outdoor track meet in both the one and two mile events, will continue to push himself this summer as he prepares for his senior year at Bellows Falls, which will bring an end to the story of Jamie’s highs and lows, which has reinforced his belief on just how important pacing yourself can be, a lesson he wants younger kids to learn.
"You have to be patient," said Jamie. "Don’t train too hard early on, it’s something that needs to be built on slowly. If you have the desire and if you are disciplined, you can be as strong of a runner as you want to be."