HOWELL - Sarah Boyle, the Cleary University women’s cross country coach, finished fifth overall at the recent North American, Central American, Caribbean Cross Country Championship in Jamaica.
“It was a great trip,” said Boyle, who finished the 6K race in a time of 21:51. “It was a fun event.”
Boyle’s sister, Stephanie Price, finished in tenth place overall. The U.S. women’s Team on which both Boyle and Price competed finished second overall. The race featured three divisions of runners on teams from the United States, Canada and Caribbean nations.
Running her second international race in the same month, Boyle said she felt more at ease than when she ran in her first international competition in Scotland in early January.
“Jamaica was more laid back,”’ said Boyle. “I knew kind of what to expect and it made it a better experience.”
Boyle said the course was “fairly challenging” and that the weather was hot, but dry.
“Scotland was a little harder because it was rainy and cold,” Boyle said. “It was a little bit of an adjustment for me to the heat in Jamaica just because I was coming from sub-zero temperatures in Michigan. It was a 80 degree swing!”
Her participation in the two international races has whetted Boyle’s appetite for competition.
“I am a steeplechase runner and I think I want to try to compete in that,” Boyle said.
She is eyeing the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa at the end of June.
To get there, Boyle will need to compete and qualify in at least one race between now and the championships.
“I been away from this kind of competition for a while, but this has sparked my interest.”