Katie Foley's love of running takes her to UConn
Katie Foley has made a name for herself in two sports — soccer and track — with cross country thrown in as well. The Trumbull High senior signed a national letter of intent to run track at the University of Connecticut and can’t wait to join the Huskies.
“UConn wasn’t even on my radar and then I was invited up and went to visit,” said Foley, a THS record holder in every individual event she runs. “The players on the team were so welcoming and I could really see myself there.”
Foley, the daughter of Patty and Tim, is hoping to one day be a pediatrician and is excited about the academic programs offered at Storrs. She is also excited about competing with an established Division I team.
“The coaches told me I’ll be running the 800 and the mile, so I’ll be running cross country when I get to UConn,” she said.
“I trust my coaches. They want me to build (road work) to twenty to thirty miles a week. Then I’ll start sprint workouts.”
Coach Bill Morgan’s Huskies excelled in 2012-13, highlighted by nine All-American titles, five New England champions, four ECAC champions, three Big East champions and a team victory in claiming their seventh consecutive New England Championship title.
If Foley majored in track where she set marks in the 300 and 600 in indoor and the 400, 800 and the sprint medley in outdoor, she minored in soccer, where she was helped the Eagles maintain their place as one of the state’s best programs.
She said: “Playing soccer gave me a competitive edge. I like to work hard and hate to lose, and that’s how it was with all the girls on the soccer and track team.
“I trained for soccer every summer until this past season, when I knew that I had to put the extra time into track,” Foley said.
“I’d see a weight (lifting) trainer and go on runs with teammates or by myself. I really do love running. I love the community as a whole and know that you get out of it what you put into it.”
A big moment for Foley was running the 4x400 meter relay. “There is a satisfied feeling you get when you work together toward a goal and then accomplish it,” she said. “Running relay is a bonding experience.”
Foley is an excellent student. She is a member of the National Honor society and the Math National Honor society.
As a junior, she received the Fairfield University Book Award for Leadership, Academics and Community Service, and was the Barnum Queen candidate for Trumbull High. She was just named the Trumbull High female scholar athlete and will be honored at a banquet at the Aqua Turf in May.
Foley also works with the Appalachi Service Project over nine-day stretches, helping with home repair for low-income families as well as a free home construction. ASP is a Christian volunteer organization operating in Central Appalachia, specifically in the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. Its primary goal is making homes warmer, safer and drier.
“I really enjoy working with Unified Sports and volunteering at special need camps for basketball and track,” Foley said.
Before heading off to college, Foley put together a stellar indoor season and is looking forward to getting outdoors.
She followed up a second-place finish in the 600 meters in Class LL meet, where she ran a personal-best 136.28 to establish another record, to place third in the State Open (136.89). She will run in the New England’s on March 1, in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Center. She also broke her personal record in the 300 at the Open with a time of 42.17, placing 12th.
I already miss my soccer teammates and I’m going to take everything I can from this spring track season,” she said. “When you go on those five or six mile runs you become like a family. I’ve been blessed with a supportive family and teammates.”