Kindopp places 9th in XC Nationals

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BRATTLEBORO — Torin Kindopp, a seventh grader at the Chesterfield School in New Hampshire, competed at his first USATF National Championships for cross country and placed ninth in the nation out of 401 runners in Hoover, Ala. on Dec. 10. He has been coached by Hinsdale's Greg Hammett and has been racing since he was in the fifth grade.

This year, Kindopp finished seventh in Division 3 at the New Hampshire State Championships on Oct. 22 at Coe Brown Academy in Northwood, N.H. He joined the Elm City Track Club, following his school season, where he was coached by Erik Kress, Benny Hoy and Chris Barry who helped him improve his kick at the end of the 1.9-mile races and helped him work on his speed.

Kindopp competed at the USATF New England race in Amherst, N.H. on Nov. 13, where a seventh place finish earned him the chance to then move on to compete in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. at the USATF Region 1 race on Nov. 20. This time, Torin dug deep and finished in sixth place which earned him the chance to go to the USATF Cross Country Nationals in Hoover, Ala.

Kindopp and his family members all belong to the Scores Running Club of Keene, N.H., and the club made a $200 donation to help with their expenses while club president Brad Smedley's brother Warren and his wife Linda, who live in Birmingham, Ala., very warmly opened their home to Kindopp and his father.

There were 3,500 athletes from all over the USA competing in the National Championships on Dec. 10. Kindopp competed in the 11-12-year-old division race and had a strong start, getting out quickly and holding 10th place approaching the finish where he used his strong kick to propel himself up to a ninth place finish with a time of 11:01.36.

Kindopp loves to compete and he's learned a lot about the benefits of the hard work he has put into his training. He's looking forward to running track in the spring.


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