Bridgewater’s Fahey qualifies in mile
In the summer, she was up at 4 a.m. to get in her run before heading off to work as an intern at Fidelity Investments in Boston. She has endured being sprayed with road salt during winter storms while racing through the streets of Waltham as part of her 60-mile-per-week training regimen.
Bridgewater’s Caitlin Fahey, a senior cross-country and track captain at Bentley University who ran a school-record 4:57.52 mile last Saturday, is truly a runner for all seasons.
As a junior, Fahey was a member of Bentley’s cross-country team that qualified for the NCAA Division 2 championship meet. Now she has qualified, provisionally, for the NCAA Division 2 indoor championships thanks to her nearly wire-to-wire victory Feb. 2 in the mile at the Dartmouth College Winter Classic.
“I wanted to try to take the lead from the start and about halfway I was running against the clock and testing my endurance,” said Fahey.
“I really think running outside in the winter toughened me up, but as we head into the championship season, there are going to be more sub-five-minute times posted and I have to be in shape to improve on what I’ve accomplished.”
Prior to this weekend’s Boston University Valentine’s Invitational, Fahey ranked seventh in the mile on the Division 2 performance list.
At the same event a year ago, Fahey set a program record with a 4:58.63 mile.
Bentley head coach Kevin Curtin, who like Fahey made the transition from the middle distances in high school to the mile in college, estimated that 16 individuals will qualify for the mile run at the nationals, scheduled March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala.
“The first time Caitlin broke five minutes was more exciting because it was a benchmark for our division and puts you among the elite runners,” said Curtin, who was a star runner at Brandeis University. “But last weekend was more impressive because she took the lead for good in the second lap and on a slower track than at BU.
“Caitlin just may be the most dedicated athlete I’ve coached in my three years at Bentley. She dealt with illness and persevered and everything good that’s happened to her this winter has been a couple of years in the making. I’m impressed with her commitment. She can handle a lot, she has good leg speed and as she further develops her kick, I think she can lower her mile time again.”
Curtin said Fahey’s desire to improve sets a great example for her teammates.
“That’s just what you want a captain to be,” he said.
During the current indoor season, Fahey has also posted Bentley’s fastest times in the 1,000 (2:59.11) and 3,000 meters( 10:27.14). She was 17th overall last fall in the NE-10 cross-country championship meet.
A former Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star who still holds school records in the 800 and 1,000 meters at Coyle-Cassidy, Fahey won the 1,000-meter race at the state Division 4 indoor meet for the Warriors.
“My best mile time in high school was 5:20 so it was a hard transition in college,” said Fahey, who contracted Lyme disease during the cross-country season her sophomore year and battled back from anemia last winter just after the BU Invitational.
“I didn’t run some of my best races while I was recuperating from both setbacks,” she said, “but my coaches and teammates understood and I never took any time off because I wanted to compete. It was just bad luck, but as a captain I can help my teammates who also have to come back from adversity and share my experience with them.”
“We do a good job of getting each other out the door for our training runs,” said Fahey, whose mother, Jennifer and aunt, Sarah Graham, who resides in Duxbury, compete in half-marathons.
Fahey will work for Fidelity after graduation.
Conlin, Corbett boost Connecticut College
Norwood natives Tom Conlin, a freshman goalie on the men’s hockey team at Connecticut College, and Caroline Corbett, a senior forward on the women’s squad, delivered clutch performances last weekend.
Conlin stopped 77 of 81 shots in a two-game sweep of New England Small College Athletic Conference foe Tufts, while Corbett’s shorthanded goal with 1:58 left in regulation made the difference in a 3-2 NESCAC win against fifth-ranked Division 3 power Middlebury College.
It was the first victory for the Camels over Middlebury since the program’s inception. The former Middlesex School star has five goals, two shorthanded and two game-winners.
“Caroline leads her teammates with grit and determination,” said her head coach, Kristin Steele.
Conlin, a graduate of Norwood High, had a 5-3 record, 2.78 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in his first 10 college appearances, including a 41-save effort last Saturday at Tufts to preserve a 3-2 victory.
Junior Alexis Schupp and freshman Sara Schupp are the first sisters to compete simultaneously for the Cornell University gymnastics team. Both attended Duxbury High.