VALHALLA, N.Y. Courtney Campbell and Emilie Hoffer are members of the heralded Bronxville girls track team who filled the track at Wednesday's Section 1 Class C Track and Field Championships at Valhalla High School.
The two sophomores, who ran cross country through the fall, indoor during the winter and on outdoor tracks during the spring season, never tire of the meets despite the many hours of training.
"We like the outdoor season better," said Hoffer, who was between events. She ran second to teammate Mary Cain in the 1,500-meter run in a personal best time of 4:43.6. "Cross country is good, but indoors can be tougher. I think we're feeling strong right now because we've been training for months."
Campbell, who ran the 1,500 in 4:47, also a personal best, said the life of a Bronxville runner is an acquired discipline.
"I don't mind all the training and running," she said. "There are so many great runners from Bronxville, and we try to live up to that. As far as the work, when we're in school we have practice or meets and schoolwork, but it all comes together. We're always busy, but we have time to relax."
Campbell and Hoffer have two more years of fall, spring and summer running at Bronxville. And they love it.
Hoffer said she hoped to be running through high school and into college.
"It's a tradition at Bronxville, and we follow the runners before us," Hoffer said. "And there are younger girls who watch us, and they want to run. You have to love running, I guess."
Longtime cross country and track and field coach Jim Mitchell, who has guided two generations of runners at Bronxville, said the program's success is due to the runners he inherits.
"These girls do everything well and with a lot of dedication," Mitchell said. "People ask how we get the girls to come out, and I think it's because they have seen the girls come before them. Once they see what it takes to be a good runner, kids usually commit to it or go on to another sport they might enjoy more. We have great kids."
For Hoffer and Campbell, the time flies like the seconds on a stopwatch.
"We're at the end of another season," Campbell said. "We're trying to do our best every time we run."
And with that, the pair of sophomores ran off.
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