Lucier prepares cross country for New England Championships

Brendan Coughlin
Sports Editor

Lucier_MASCAC02Justin Lucier, a junior member of BSU’s cross country and track & field teams, runs towards the finish line during his team-best eight kilometer time, 28:03.


Justin Lucier was the top performer for the men’s side of the Bridgewater State University (BSU) cross country team in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championships.

The junior finished the eight-kilometer race in 28:03 which was the eighth best time amongst all teams and the highest placewinner for the Bears.

Just a year ago, Lucier was a first-year runner on the team,  finishing 20th overall in the MASCAC Championships and fifth amongst his fellow Bears.

“This season has been a huge step in the right direction for me,” said Lucier. “I’ve been looking forward to the conference championship meet for about four months so it feels good to have all my hard work pay off.”

Bridgewater finished third in MASCAC team standings, finishing behind only Westfield State University and MASCAC champions, Fitchburg State University.

Lucier attributes his successful 2015 campaign to being witness to runners on the team last year, such as Andy Sukeforth who reached the NCAA Cross Country Championships (one of 280 in the nation) for his 26:14 eight-kilometer run.

“This season I’ve been running 70-80 miles a week since about August, along with lifting in the weight room twice a week with the team, and going to the pool at least once a week to cross train,” said Lucier.

His work ethic is a lesson to the younger members of this year’s team. BSU’s cross country team is comprised of one senior and two juniors, compared to three sophomores and eight freshman.  

Training is the most important part to being a successful runner. Lucier shared how he and his squad want to prepare for the end of the season.

“During the last couple weeks of the season, everyone on the team cuts down their mileage a little bit to be as close to 100% as possible for the championship meets,” said Lucier.

Members of the BSU cross country team will compete this Saturday Nov. 7 at the ECAC Division III Championships, before the all-important New England Division III championships coming the following Saturday Nov. 14.

The top seven members of the team will be resting for the latter of the two meets, a normal practice by cross country teams.

“I couldn’t ask for better teammates and coaches here at BSU.  In just over a year, Coach Simoneau and Coach Smith have helped me become a better runner than I ever thought I could be,” said Lucier. “As long as I have them guiding me and my teammates there with me every day, I feel like the sky’s the limit.”

Brendan Coughlin is the Sports Editor for The Comment.

+ posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related

BSU Winter Sports Championship

The Bridgewater State Bears played in their first season since the COVID-19 pandemic, as last season was canceled. Here is how the BSU Winter season played out! Track & Field: The BSU Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams had spectacular seasons this year. Their first meet of this season was the Art Kadish City Challenge. […]

MLB Lockout Article

Baseball fans around the country eagerly tuned to social media Monday night, phones in hand for hours on end. Thousands of people across the nation, hoping a deal would be made between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association to prevent a delay to the start of the season. MLB created a deadline of […]

NBA Midseason Report

The NBA Midseason point saw Team LeBron defeat Team Durant 163-160 in the 2022 All-Star game in Cleveland, Ohio on February, 20th. Team LeBron ended up winning a total of $450,000 for the Kent State I Promise Scholars Program, and Team Durant won $300,000 for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. But behind the charity was […]

BSU Scores Before Spring Break

Winter:   Men’s Basketball  Regular season   February 16- Bridgewater 69 Fitchburg State 73  February 18- Bridgewater 73 MCLA 79  MASCAC Tournament  Semifinal February 22- #6 Bridgewater 53 #3 Worcester State 79  Women’s Basketball  Regular season  February 16- Bridgewater 97 Fitchburg State 53  February 18- Bridgewater 85 MCLA 35  MASCAC Tournament  Semifinal February 22- #2 Bridgewater […]