MANCHESTER, N.H. – As expected, Liza Corso won the race. The Portsmouth Christian Academy sophomore ran the 5k course at Derryfield Academy in about 20 minutes, finishing far ahead of her nearest rival in the Granite State Division IV Conference championship on Friday.
Corso, who is legally blind, needed help navigating the hilly course. SNHU Assistant Cross Country Coach Nick Aguila offered to help. He served as one of her guides for the race while members of the Penmen Cross Country teams helped at the finish, cheered runners on the course and supported Liza, who they had never met prior to the event.
Aguila said he did brush up in advance, learning how he could help Liza on the course with conditions, roots, rocks and sharp turns. He had plenty of praise for the young lady too. "That's what I love about running," Aguila reflected, "so many people mentally put limitations on themselves. Liza is able to push herself and there's no limit in her mind to what she can accomplish."
SNHU's Cross Country teams race next on Saturday, October 20, when they compete for the Bruce Kirsh Cup at the Hopkinton, N.H. Fairgrounds. That will be the final tune-up before the November 4 Northeast-10 Championships, which also will be held in Hopkinton.
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