Steve Ferro cheers on the runners as they finish on Wednesday.
Steve Ferro cheers on the runners as they finish on Wednesday. (Caroline Bonnivier Snyder)
Thursday October 4, 2012

CHESHIRE -- A return to the cross country course at Hoosac Valley High School was giving Steve Ferro some good ideas Wednesday.

"It makes me want to compete again," Ferro, 23, said.

It's been a year of challenges for Ferro, a 2007 Hoosac graduate and 2006 Western Mass. Division II cross country champion. He was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident in May, and has been working through physical therapy at Berkshire Medical Center since leaving Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

On Wednesday, he served as the starter for the boys cross country race at Hoosac Valley. Last week at a team spaghetti dinner, Hurricanes coach Ron Namislo asked Ferro to do the honors.

"It's great to come back here, and reminisce [about] all the memories of running here," Ferro said. "It's exciting. It was a big growth in my life, running four years here.

"You don't realize that when you're running, how much it means to you at the time and how much it's going to mean to you years later."

After his accident, Ferro spent 31 2 months in a brace. After that, he had to strengthen his back, as well as his shoulders and rotator cuff muscles. Once the muscles have improved, Ferro wants to move on to exercises that get him back into athletic shape. He also wants to finish his degree in kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts.

He's hoping to play sled hockey this winter, as well as start adaptive skiing at Jiminy Peak.


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From there, Ferro wants to get a hand cycle and start racing again.

"I want to do some triathlons eventually," he said. "I'll start with some road races and marathons. I'm going to be in my chair ... but I'm going to make the best of it."

Lenox sweeps

LENOX -- Millionaire runners swept the individual races Wednesday, as Lenox won all of its boys and girls duals at home.

Scott Carpenter's winning time of 16:32 on the boys side, followed by teammate and runner-up Tucker McNinch (17:12), helped the Millionaires hold off Monument Mountain 25-31. Lenox also beat Drury 15-50.

All other boys duals were 15-50 wins -- Monument over Mount Everett, Wahconah over Everett and BART, and Wahconah over Drury.

Logan Morton (Monument, 18:03), Jackson Alberti (Wahconah, 18:04) and Dylan Cole-Kink (Monument, 18:04) rounded out the top five.

In girls duals, Lenox beat both Drury and Everett by 15-50 scores. Wahconah beat Drury 20-43, while Monument beat BART and Everett by 15-50 scores.

Hannah McClusky's winning time was 20:48 for Lenox, followed by teammate Liz Jarck in 21:24. Heather Hassett of Monument was third (21:37), followed by Emily Tibbetts (Lenox, 21:53) and Maeve Wilber (Monument, 21:58).