“It sets that there’s a standard that we expect and we want players to work hard in the offseason,” Ball said.
“It sets the tone and gets people really motivated to finish it,” senior Alex Allain said.
If a player beats the stopwatch, they don’t have to run the mile again. But, if they continue to fall short, they could be running it all season.
“It was definitely a challenge for me because I’m not a long distance runner, I’m usually just sprinting," sophomore Grace Page said.
Page beat the 7:15 marker on Tuesday for the first time this preseason and while the mile time is an individual achievement, it has traditionally been met at Hermon with team leadership.
“What you find is a lot of them still continue to do it either the full mile or part of it, just to get the other players through,” Ball said.
“It’s definitely good having the encouragement with my teammates and having them run it with me is really awesome,” Page said.
One of those teammates is senior Alex Allain. She returns determined to not only build team chemistry, but to also get back to the state championship game after losing the Class B North title game in 2016.
"Its super important especially for my last year. I don’t know if I’m going to play in college so its really important to me and probably anybody else that has experienced what I felt. That we need to try hard and push ourselves to get where we were last year,” Allain said.
And the Hawks think they have what it takes.
“I think that if we go there again we’d definitely win it, I know we could do it,” Page added.