Running Toward A Bright Future

The Hartford Courant


CLASS: Senior

COACH: Scott Fletcher

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Won the Class SS championship in 16 minutes, 11 seconds at Hammonasset State Park, eighth in the State Open, CCC championship meet runner-up, Wickham Invitational unseeded race champion, Blue Dragon Invitational champion. … State Open runner-up indoor 1,000 meters, Class S 800 and 1,600 meter champion outdoors, State Open runner-up in the 800.

POIRIER SAID: "Not being a huge cross country guy, I went into it a little more seriously, training over the summer, and once I started running with the team, it got fun. I was undefeated for a while, ran against Joe [Crafa of Rocky Hill] and lost [in the CCC meet] and that was kind of a downer but then I made it to New Englands [for the first time]. I'm glad how everything turned out, definitely."

FLETCHER SAID: "He came a long way from his freshman year, not only as a runner but as an individual as well. Everyone should have a Brian Poirier on their team. He's hard-working, responsible and has a great sense of team over himself."

UP NEXT: Will run indoor track and outdoor in the spring. Will run at Princeton University.

IN 10 YEARS: "Hopefully, if everything turns out all right, I'll keep running after college." Plans to study mechanical engineering or architecture.

MISCELLANEOUS: Played baseball, basketball, football, soccer and swam until high school when he devoted all his time to running. … Likes to read, plays piano and guitar. … National Honor Society member. Editor of the school newspaper. … Has a younger sister, Rachel, a sophomore at Northwest Catholic. … One pet: a black Lab named Buddy.

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