Harvest cross country coach, Ben Middlebrooke competed in the Micronesia Championships for track and field in Saipan recently. Ben, having placed Silver in the 3000m and Gold in the 5000m, said that, "this trip was a good way to get a feel for what track competition is like... and is a good way to get ready for the big games coming up."
In July, Middlebrooke will be heading to Yap with Team Guam to compete in the 2018 Micro Games. These games will feature athletes from Guam, Yap, Palau, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Nauru, and other micronesian islands. This will be his first time participating in the Micro Games and intends to be running in the 5000m, 10000m, and Half Marathon races. When asked what he has been doing to prepare for this big event, he stated, "I have been running basically my entire life, training is an ongoing process."
There are a few he would like to thank for helping him get to this point in his running career:
"I would like to thank God for giving me the gift of running, and the strength and endurance to make it to these games. I also would like to thank a few others that played a role in me being the runner I am today. First off, I'd like to thank my parents for always supporting me and being at numerous runs to cheer me on. Second, I would like to thank my cross country coach, Jared Baldwin. He helped me become who I am and gave me a love for running, and pushed me when I needed it. Last for now, but not least. I would like to thank my running partner, Kris Hurlburt. Kris helped me run farther than I thought I would ever run ,and she encouraged me to run when I didn't feel like it. These are just a couple of people that helped me enjoy running, and made me the runner I am today."
Finish strong, Coach Ben!
Read more about the Micronesia Championships at www.guampdn.com.
Read more about the MicroGames at www.kuam.com.