RANDOLPH, NJ- Margaret Thomsons’ two sixth place performances helped Randolph win the Warwick Valley Invitational in N.Y., and place second in the Bowdoin Cross Country Classic, earning her the Tap into Randolph “Athlete of the Week” title.

Thompson is one of the captains of the cross country team who has lived up to the expectations over the past week. She led Randolph’s team by coming in sixth place in the girls division 2 race at the Bowdoin Park Cross Country Classic, helping secure an overall second place finish for the Rams on the Sept. 27th. Randolph only fell short to Guilderland of N.Y.

To prepare and train for events like these, Margaret and her team go through a rigorous process.

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“Generally, we will run a combination of a distance runs (eight to ten miles), a shorter run the next day of four to six miles, tempo run, another four to six miles depending on how we are feeling, a hill workout, and another four to six mile run or if we have a meet the next day, we will run about three miles,” Thompson said.

“For preparation, the team makes sure to drink plenty of water, and we almost always have a pasta party with the team.”

“She really sets a good example for the younger teammates and serves as a role model,” said senior runner Carole Harsch. “More importantly though, she is definitely the person on the team who never gives up, regardless of the circumstance or situation.”

Harsch continued, “She continues to push through any mental or physical pain, and that strength really rubs off on the rest of the team.”

Harsch would consider her to be the “rock” of the team. She believes most younger runners on the team try to train and perform like Thompson.

Thompson plans to continue her cross country career in college, but does not have any specific place that she would like to attend.

When asked about the 2014 season, Thompson stated, “The team this year is looking stronger than ever. I am very optimistic about the season because the team has been working harder than ever, and we gained a lot of girls who are impacting the team in a positive way.”