BOSTON – BFA St. Albans grad Meredith Mashtare watched Franklin County’s personal Elle Purrier St. Pierre race to a Distance Medley world report on April 17.
Purrier St. Pierre, together with teammates Heather McLean, Kendall Ellis, and Roisin Willis, ran the race in a time of 10:33.85, which was six seconds sooner than the earlier report of 10:39.91, which was set in 2015.
Maclean ran the primary 1,200m leg in 3:14.92; Ellis clocked 52.05 for the following 400m leg. Willis, who’s nonetheless in highschool, ran 800m in 2:03.30. Purrier St. Pierre ran essentially the most excellent portion of the race, finishing the ultimate mile in 4:23.55 to safe the world report.
Q&A with Meredith Mashtare
What was the ambiance on the New Steadiness Monitor? My cousin Jen Lyford and I believed we might be there for ten minutes, however after we arrived on the observe, there was a DJ, free meals and drinks, and all kinds of free swag like New Steadiness hats and socks. It was a crowd of runners, and everybody was in an ideal temper. It was the observe’s grand opening, and the constructing was big and spacious. We had been sitting about two or three rows again from the observe within the bleachers. I used to be within the curve earlier than the final stretch to the end. I needed to get there early to get a great place.
What was it like watching Elle race in particular person? This was the primary time I’ve seen Elle race in particular person, and it was every little thing I anticipated. Earlier than the race, she was on the again of the observe, warming up, doing her strides; she was within the zone. She knew what she needed to do for her physique, and it was fairly cool to see. She’s a powerful, assured runner, and she or he went out and knew precisely what she was doing. She anchored the race and dominated, they usually acquired the world report; it was wonderful.
What stood out to you in regards to the race? There was a neon mild going across the observe exhibiting the tempo of the report because the runners ran. We had been watching that mild, which made it a lot extra intense. When Elle was up, I used to be making an attempt to look at and doc the race on the similar time! When she was working, everybody was on their ft, cheering. It was clear the previous couple of laps that she was staying sturdy and was going to get the report. You may’t assist however arise and begin screaming. She’s like a powerhouse going round. I used to be snapping pictures; I knew I wanted pictures for my household! I referred to as my dad and mom after we walked out of the observe. It was particular and thrilling to be there cheering; it was an actual Vermont satisfaction second.
What was your response to the win? I felt happy with Vermont; being in Boston and seeing all of the individuals there watching Elle run made me proud. She’s a small-town Vermont lady like me. As a runner, myself, seeing her try this and understanding what she’s completed was wonderful.
Do you’re feeling a Franklin County reference to Elle? When Elle posts on Instagram from the Collins Perely observe, it is so cool to see; that is the place I work out in the summertime. I really like that she comes residence and takes satisfaction in her roots.