Sarah Pagano & NC Surge Advanced Running Club are December Athletes of the Month

Pagano_Sarah-USAxc17-thumb-500x750-29852-2-copy.jpgSarah Pagano of the B.A.A. and NC Surge Advanced Running Club of Cumberland, RI are the 2017 December USATF New England (USATF-NE) Athletes of the Month. 

Pagano ran away with the gold medal at the 2017 USATF National Club Cross Country Club Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. After spending the previous six weeks training in Mammoth Lakes, California, the twenty six year old put herself in the best position to win. "Although it was cold and windy, I felt really comfortable and controlled throughout the race. I was able to make the last move with about 1k to go, and I was happy to come away with the win," explained Pagano. 

Outside of running, Pagano enjoys cooking, and experimenting with new recipes. "I think it's really important to eat well balanced meals, especially as an athlete, so I am pretty lucky that I enjoy it!" says Pagano. Already a star on the cross country course, Pagano will next take her talents to the indoor track, where she is excited to work on some speed and shorter distances.

img-5023_orig-copy.jpgNC Surge Advanced Running Club won the 13-14 age division at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship in Tallahassee Florida. That division race was the largest of the 10 age groups at the National meet.  NC Surge is a small club located in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Throughout the season, the team spent time reflecting on strengths and weaknesses; then making adjustments to training, fitness and tactical approaches in order to improve. "The kids were ready in every way, and it was just a matter of running tight and sticking to our system of racing. On our team, we value the role that each runner has towards the overall outcome of success," explains head coach Kerrie Carpenter.

NC Surge club philosophy centers around a quality-over-quanity approach to training, racing and team. The team is comprised of athletes only from Cumberland, making the overall team close and tight knit. The NC Surge season starts after the Rhode Island Middle School State Championship and works toward the USATF Junior Olympic association, regional, and national Championship events. While many of the team's athletes move on to high school next year, the team is focused on rebuilding and restructuring for the 2018 cross country season.