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    Hopkinton siblings follow a familiar path

    Hopkinton’s Bolick family — (from left) Kim, Paul, Caroline  and Tim — has carved out a legacy of athletic excellence at Bentley University and Connecticut College.
    Hopkinton’s Bolick family — (from left) Kim, Paul, Caroline and Tim — has carved out a legacy of athletic excellence at Bentley University and Connecticut College.

    Son, daughter follow parents’ college path

    When Paul and Caroline Bolick watch their children, Kim and Tim, compete for Connecticut College and Bentley University, respectively, it’s a reminder of their own time as standout athletes at the two schools.

    Paul is a member of Bentley’s Athletic Hall of Fame (class of 1987) who holds the Waltham school’s record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Caroline played field hockey and was a lacrosse captain at Connecticut College (class of 1984).

    Kim, a junior at Connecticut College, is a member of the sailing team in the fall and spring, and runs for the indoor track team during the winter. She holds school records in the mile (4:59) and 1,000 meters (2:57.65) and as anchor with the 4x 800 relay squad. She also qualified for the NCAA Division 3 mile run last year.


    Tim, a Bentley freshman, posted his first collegiate win last Sunday, breaking the tape in the 800 meters during the Saucony Greater Boston Track Club Championships at Harvard in a time of 2:02.43.

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    “I texted him and was pretty excited for him,’’ said his sister, the program’s first sub 5-minute miler, who has started the indoor season on a high note.

    She won the 3,000 meters Jan. 11 at the Bowdoin Invitational, and then took fourth Jan. 18 at the Tufts Invitational in the 1,000 meters. Those performances qualified her for the New England and ECAC Division 3 championships.

    The siblings — both school record-holders and Tri-Valley League all-stars at Hopkinton High — were scheduled to run this weekend at the Boston University Terrier CIassic.

    “I see a lot of myself in my daughter and a lot of my wife in my son, her grit and determination and his grace and style,’’ said Paul Bolick, a two-time Bentley cross-country MVP who often shares running advice with his children.


    “It’s pretty cool where they wound up in college.’’

    The Bolicks have a summer home in Marion, where sailing with the family helped inspire Kim’s love of the sport.

    “I’ve been a sailor and a runner my whole life,’’ said Kim, who has competed for the Camels in two intercollegiate national sailing championships.

    “My mom started sailing when she was young, and having my dad and brother to work out with at the track makes for a great support system,’’ she added.

    Transitioning from a summer and fall semester spent in Copenhagen into the winter track season was “ a little intimidating, because I had a lot of ground to make up,’’ Kim said. “But going out and winning the 3,000 in my first meet did a lot for my confidence.’’


    Her mother (nee Shepard) is a Wellesley native who attended the Winsor School, where she played hockey, basketball, and tennis.

    “Kim can enjoy the two sports she loves without a conflict,’’ said Caroline. “It’s a beautiful school, and a lot of my friends today are from my college days. Some of their children are now college friends of Kim’s.’’

    Connecticut College track coach Ned Bishop said that when mother and daughter first walked into his office, “I realized that Caroline was my college classmate.

    “It’s a pretty small world, and I couldn’t be happier that Kim came here. When that starting gun goes off, she’s one of those athletes who has that extra fire and competitiveness.’’

    Bentley track coach Kevin Curtin, who competed for Brandeis against Paul, said the younger Bolick is off to a promising start.

    “Tim didn’t participate in cross-country in high school, so we weren’t sure how well he would handle the 8K distance,’’ Curtin said. “But he handled himself pretty well all fall and ended up being an NCAA Regional alternate.’’

    Tim, who played soccer and ran indoor and outdoor track in high school — he was the Eastern Mass. Div. 3 indoor 1,000 meter champ — said he trained hard last summer to prepare for longer distances.

    “It was a big adjustment and Dad talked to me about it,’’ said Tim, who works summers at the Sippican Tennis Club in Marion, where he volleys with his mom.

    “He emphasized that increasing speed and distance were separate challenges.

    “Being a runner, a tennis player, and a golfer are sports I can enjoy the rest of my life, and with my family.’’

    Fitting right in at NU

    Needham’s Cody Sharib, a junior left wing on the men’s hockey team at the University of Connecticut, has been a “great fit’’ on the Huskies’ top line, according to head coach Mike Cavanaugh .

    “He’s been a solid contributor. Cody plays a very physical and bruising style of hockey,’’ said Cavanaugh, whose team was 10-7-4 (8-4-3 Atlantic Hockey) on the season, and 4-1-2 over a seven-game span through last weekend.

    The 6-2, 220-pound Sharib, who starred for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs and at the New Hampton School, had two goals and four assists in 18 games, and was 17-21-38 in 93 career games.

    Here and there

    Bowdoin College junior center John Swords, a Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High grad, paced an 82-51 men’s basketball win Tuesday over Maine Presque Isle with 20 points (10-for-11 shooting), 13 rebounds and four blocks. The Polar Bears, ranked 22d nationally in Division 3, improved to 14-1. . . . Elizabeth Belanger (Acton-Boxborough Regional), who has cracked the starting lineup as a sophomore on the University of New Hampshire’s women’s basketball team, scored 14 points Monday as the Wildcats (10-7, 4-0 America East) defeated Vermont, 60-45, for their sixth straight win.

    Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.