The Sub 5 Track Club is pleased to announce that Lydia Gilmore, a 2020 graduate of Bangor High School, has been chosen as the recipient of the club’s annual college scholarship in the amount of $1500. Lydia was a standout distance runner for the Ram’s cross country and track programs and will take her talents to the University of Maine where she will run for the Black Bears. Gilmore’s senior cross country season was outstanding as she was the individual champion in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and Northern Maine Regional championship meets. She went on to run a strong Class A State Meet where she finished a career best 5th and then competed in the New England Interscholastic Championship Meet at Manchester, CT where she finished 38th (5th Maine finisher).
Gilmore also had success on the oval during the indoor track season. This past winter, Lydia set personal best marks of 5:26.74 for the mile run and 11:32.24 for the 2 mile run. Her season ended in exciting fashion as her points in the 3200m relay and the individual 2 mile run helped the Ram girls win the Class A State Championship by 1 point over Gorham High School.
In her scholarship application, Lydia wrote the following: “Running is a simple sport: traversing a distance in the quickest possible time. What’s surprising is how complicated it becomes the better you try to do it. There’s no shortcut, no special trick, or easy way out of a race besides straight ahead and, resultantly, it trains more than just your muscles, but also your discipline, willpower, and patience. Thanks to my running coach, Roger Huber, I’ve come to realise just what a powerful teaching tool running is. Running has given me the most difficult physical and mental challenges of my life and, in return, it’s been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Throughout my high school runnng career, I have overcome mental and physical obstacles, developed impenetrable willpower and determination, and grown in depth as a person. Furthermore, being a part of the running community means sharing pride in this great sport. This passion and enthusiasm drives me to continue running.”
Gilmore will study mechanical engineering at the University of Maine. She is the daughter of Virginia and Michael Gilmore of Bangor.
The Sub 5 Track Club of Brewer/Bangor is one of the largest and most active running clubs in Maine. The club’s college scholarship aims to recognize the area’s most talented student-athletes and to encourage them to continue their competitive careers at the collegiate level and beyond.