Tristan Black-Ingersoll of Concord Cross Country: Coach of the Season

  • Concord High boys' cross country coach Tristan Black-Ingersoll gets his team ready for the Division I state championships at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday. His team can be seen in the reflection of his sunglasses.(MICHELLE BERTHIAUME / Monitor staff) MICHELLE BERTHIAUME

Published: 12/15/2017 10:05:01 AM

Forest MacKenzie had just claimed the Division I cross country individual crown, helping his Concord High team to its first title since 1981 and the best score (28 points) the D-I championship meet had seen in 30 years. And MacKenzie wanted to make sure he gave credit where credit was due.

“I’d like to give a shout-out to my coach,” MacKenzie told the Monitor after the D-I race in Manchester on Oct. 28. “He was the only one who believed we could do this. He made believers out of all of us.”

That coach would be Tristan Black-Ingersoll, our Coach of the Season. Black-Ingersoll, now in his fifth year as the head man for the Concord boys’ cross country team, also led the Crimson Tide to a first-place team result at the Meet of Champions and a fifth-place finish at the New England regional meet.

Those results are great, of course, but Black-Ingersoll also has big-picture results in mind when he coaches this team.

“Any one season is really just the short term. The long term for us represents the gradual transformation of our athletes from where they are physically when they join the program towards helping them develop into endurance machines by the end of their four years,” Black-Ingersoll said. “Every season is just another stepping stone towards that ultimate goal. By following the process we know that we can ultimately put the athletes in a position where they can repeatedly preform at the highest possible level.”

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