When we last saw Kristen Malloy, she was racing her way to the state Class 3A cross country championship last November on a Hereford course she all but owned during her junior year. Not long before the state meet, she won her second consecutive Bull Run title, breaking the course record she had set a year earlier.
As the cross country season picks up, we wondered just what Malloy, last season’s All-Metro Runner of the Year, has been up to since she moved away in January. She left Hereford when her family followed her father, a doctor, to a new job at a Connecticut hospital. She enrolled in Glastonbury High, outside of Hartford.
Malloy, now a senior, said she is doing just fine. Glastonbury, which had a stellar girls running program when she arrived, has been a good fit. Not only is she running well, but she is ranked No. 1 in her class academically.
Two weeks ago, she won the Hartford Riverfront Invitational, her first big cross country meet.
That race was a great race, said Malloy, 17. I was behind until 700 meters and I started feeling great. I had a great kick at the end.
This past weekend didn’t go quite as well. Running the Ocean State Invitational in Warwick, R.I., she finished 18th.
It wasn’t that hilly, but it was really muddy, she said. My life is really busy right now and it was one of those days.
After Saturday’s race, Malloy headed to Dartmouth to make an official visit as she narrows down her list of colleges. Princeton, Syracuse and a few others also remain on her list.
Glastonbury coach Brian Collins said Malloy’s performance at the Riverfront meet established her as one of the runners to beat for the state open (all classification) title.
We’re very happy with her, said Collins, whose team is ranked No. 2 in the Northeast by dyestat.com. She’s worked very hard and she fit in with the girls instantly. Especially when you have a runner of that talent, it can be difficult, but there was no jealousy. The girls took an instant liking to her.
Collins, whose team won the Riverfront and Ocean State titles, said Malloy should feel no pressure coming into a program that has won multiple state titles recently in cross country, indoor track and track and field. Malloy also was part of the New England champion 3,200-meter relay during this past indoor track season and she won the 3,200-meter run at the Journal Inquirer Invitational during the spring.
Now settled into her school and her team, Malloy has set high goals for this fall season.
It’s a little bit different here. We have a state (LL classification) championship, the state open championship and the New England championship. Then, there’s the Nike regional meet that can qualify you for nationals. I guess my goal – I would like to win state opens and New Englands if I’m feeling good and make it to Oregon for nationals.
Although she’s running courses all over New England, Malloy said there is one thing she has yet to find – a course to challenge Hereford’s grueling hills.
No, nothing. Not even close. The courses here, there are some with hills and the state course is pretty hilly, but I’ve never seen anything like Hereford in my life.