Elle Purrier ran track and field and cross country at the University of New Hampshire. She currently competes professionally for New Balance Boston and is one of the emerging stars of the sport. While at UNH, Elle had an extraordinary career, setting school records in the mile, 3k steeplechase, winning sixteen conference championships, and winning the 2018 NCAA Championship in the mile. She is a native of Montgomery, Vermont and was a high school phenom at Richford High School. 2019 will be her third year speaking at Stowe!
Jason is in his thirteenth season as the director of men’s and women’s track and field and cross country at Harvard University. In 2016, Saretsky led the Harvard women’s team to the most successful season in school history. The team finished second in the Northeast Region and qualified for nationals for the first time since 2012. A dynamic and talented coach, campers will take back a wealth of knowledge with them to prepare for the upcoming season.
Ruben Sanca is a distance runner who represented Cape Verde at the 2012 London Olympic Games. At the age of 12, Sanca migrated with his family from Cape Verde to the U.S. in search of the American dream. He attended the Dearborn and O’Bryant schools in Roxbury, Massachusetts where he first developed a strong passion for the sport of track and field. In 2005 he received an athletic scholarship to run at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell). As a River Hawk student-athlete, Sanca was a 4-time All American and 3-time New England champion. Sança’s his biggest accomplishment came in 2009 when he became the first person in his family to graduate from college – earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. Two years later, at the age of 23, he was the youngest graduate from the UMass Lowell Manning School of Business with an M.B.A. degree. Today, he serves as a full time Business Manager at UMass Lowell’s Division of Student Affairs, working with more than 200 student services and organizations at his alma mater. Sança is also involved in giving back to the community through the “Life on Track” program – a collaboration between the McKinley Middle School and the Wediko Children’s services to provide mentorship to young men of color from the areas of Mattapan, Dorchester and Roxbury in Boston, and he is also a member of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement Committee of the Boston 2024 group to bring the Olympic Games to Boston.
Through his exceptional leadership on and off the field, Sança has been recognized by many affiliations including the Boston Red Sox, the International Olympic Committee, US Track & Field New England Association, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and UMass Lowell. Sanca has been an avid speaker at several student-athlete events such as the Nike Green Mountain Camp, Granite State Running Camp, Stowe Running Camp, John Hancock Scholar Stars Program, and the Boston Athletic Association Middle School Cross Country Program. He’s been featured on NBC Ch.7 News, NPR’s Only a Game, the ESPN Magazine, the UMass Lowell Alumni Magazine, the Outsider Magazine, the New England Runner Magazine, the Level Renner Magazine, the Meter Magazine, the ACUI Bulletin and various other media outlets. Sanca currently resides in the city of Lowell and hopes to compete in the next Olympics.