TERRYVILLE - For Terryville runner Corey Picard, the end of his four years spent at the school is closing in on him.
It has been an impressive run and Picard has left a legacy and helped build a foundation for the Kangaroos’ cross-country, indoor and outdoor track programs.
Picard fully dedicated himself to running following the conclusion of his sophomore season. In both his freshman and sophomore years he played golf in the spring, but that changed when he took up outdoor track in the spring for his final two years.
“I’m happy I made that decision,” Picard said. “I was debating doing golf for a long time last year, but my friends and my track coach convinced me to do outdoor track. I knew if I wanted to run in college and continue to get better and reach All-State in cross country I would probably need to run outdoors, because that’s training that I would miss out on.”
His motive behind doing so was simple: Continue to grow individually as a runner, but also help the running program at the school evolve.
Picard ended up recruiting a pair of other runners to join him for indoor track in his junior season. Both Chris DeForest and Colby Brown joined the indoor team along with him.
“We had the potential to be a good team and I knew that,” Picard said. “I thought if we all ran year round we would be able to get to the next level. And then this year in cross country we finished second in the Berkshire League and it was probably the best team we’ve had at the school this decade.”
Over the course of his career Picard has recorded some impressive individual feats, including setting his personal best time at the Berkshire League championship this year, where he finished as the individual champion with the time of 16:39.
That was part of the bigger picture.
His main goal in his senior season was being an All-State runner in cross country, which he accomplished.
“I am really happy about how my senior year has gone,” Picard said. “Sophomore year I finished two seconds off of All-State and then junior year I was one second off. So I really wanted to get that done.”
His strong cross country season carried over to indoor track. Picard placed fourth at the Class S championship in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:08. He also qualified in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:48, but didn’t end up running in the event.
Now, with his final season at the high school level approaching, the biggest moment in his young career is taking place in the coming weeks.
Picard is set to have a signing day at the high school to announce where he will be continuing his athletic career. He is deciding between Central Connecticut, Fairfield and Sacred Heart.
“The coaches recruited me harder than other schools,” Picard said. “They seemed like they wanted me more and that meant something to me. The teams were friendly on my overnight visits. They’re all local, too, and I didn’t want to go too far from home. All that added up.”
He will still be near home, but will be taking on a whole new competition of running as all three are Division I programs.
Improving each and every day is what his goal has always been, regardless of what season it was or who he faces, and all the hard work has paid off. The best is still ahead of Picard.
“I just want to keep getting better,” Picard said. “The distance for running in college is longer, so the times will be different, but improving each year in college is my goal.”
While his individual success has been remarkable, Picard wants to be able to look at the running landscape at Terryville High School years down the line and say that he and his team were part of building something special at the school.
“Training isn’t always that fun,” Picard said. “But I’d say running with my team makes it a lot easier. Everything from the bus rides to warming up has been fun. I’ve had a great time.”
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