1997 Season Outlook
The nucleus of the 1997-98 Boston College distance runners is anchored by a solid core of veterans and an exciting class of recruits.
Leading the charge will be senior and six time All-American, Angie Graham. As a junior, Graham finished fifth in the 1997 NCAA Outdoor 3,000 Meter Championship. She set a new school record of 4:37.52 and finished fourth in the mile at the 1997 NCAA Indoor Championships and won the mile event at the New England Championships, during the indoor season. In the spring, Graham set school records of 9:15.71 in the 3,000 meter race and 4:17.73 in the 1,500 meter contest at the Mt. Sac Relays. Along side Graham will be senior running mates Jodi Lake and Ann Baldelli. Lake who finished first in her last four indoor meets and was a NCAA qualifier last season will be a catalyst for the BC distance squad. Baldelli who finished third in the mile at the New England Challenge Indoor Meet, is also expected to be a major contributor this season.
Freshman Sandy Wells and Lisa McIsaac, both from Canada, come to the Heights with strong backgrounds and will be an immediate force added to the BC attack. Wells finished fourth in the Canadian National Junior 3,000 Meter Championships with a time of 9:57 and McIsaac who hails from Edmonton, finished sixth in the same race with a time of 10:10.
Also, freshman Bridget Fleming will add depth to the squad. She was the New Hampshire State Champion in the 1,000 meter event last spring.
Coach Randy Thomas expects this years sprint team "to improve greatly form last year because of a solid returning class and in-coming recruits." Senior Rebecca Peterson is back to the track this season for Coach Thomas' squad. She is an "outstanding 400 meter hurdler " according to Thomas and holds the BC record of 63.26 in the 400 meter hurdles event. Sophomores Liz Pratt and Princess Fenton will also be major contributors to Heights. Pratt who sat out the 1996-97 season with a leg injury, looks to return to the form, that earned her the 1996 state of New Hampshire sprint title. Fenton who was the Massachusetts and New England indoor sprint champ in 1996 as a senior, looks for a strong showing after being redshirted as a freshman. In-coming freshman Megan Sullivan who was the 1997 Massachusetts and New England champion in the outdoor 55 meter hurdles and the 100 meter hurdles, will be another added threat to the BC sprinters.
This years jump team is lead by top returnee Anya Maurer. Last season Maurer reached her personal best of 5'6" several times in the high jump event , which included a first place finish at the New England Challenge during the winter. Fellow senior Amy Stuyniski "who has been hampered by injuries the last two years" according to Coach Jackie Adams. Looks to end her collegian career on a positive note and improve on last springs long jump of 18'01.5" which is fifth best jump in BC women's history. Junior Kathleen Cusick is an all New England performer in the high jump and Boston College's top triple jump threat with career best of a 36 feet.
Junior Libby MacDonald returns to the heights after a successful sophomore campaign in which she established several BC throwing records. Including a hammer toss of 144'05" at Brown University last spring for the second best toss in BC history. Overall the BC coaching staff believes that this years squad is deep and talented and has the potential to develop into a distinguished contingent over the course of the year.