Word about the bombings was just starting to reach the track community at South Burlington High School late Monday afternoon.
Several parents had not heard about the incident yet. A group of South Burlington athletes found out about the news via Twitter.
“I feel like it’s so crazy, and Boston’s so close, too,” said Taylor Farrell, a junior on the South Burlington track and field team. “It’s weird that that could happen here. It could happen anywhere.”
Farrell and her teammates were competing in a meet at South Burlington High School. As she and friend Tina Arani stretched before one of their events, Farrell said the attack in Boston will affect her future running plans.
“It will obviously scare me if I ever plan to do something like that, because now you don’t know if that will ever happen again,” Farrell said. “And like my friend Tina said, we enjoy running, and we do it for fun, and they were doing it for the same reason.”
Arani, also a junior, said she was surprised the marathon was the target.
“In general, it’s just a horrible thing to happen, but the fact that it happened at the Boston Marathon — where it’s a huge concentration of people in one area — is just crazy,” Arani said.
Arani drew a connection between the athletes at South Burlington and the runners at the marathon.
“It’s just scary to think about, because we’re here, like, enjoying this track meet, like, enjoying running, and then there’s other people who are also — were — enjoying what they were doing. And then something so horrible happened,” Arani said.
South Burlington jumps and hurdles coach Dennis Akey said his thoughts went to people he knew in the marathon.
“I myself run in the Burlington marathon, and I have friends that are in Boston right now running,” Akey said. “Hopefully they’re OK. It’s terrifying and really weird to think of a sporting event being a target. It’s terrifying.”