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July 9, 2010

Record-breaking season for Hartnett at Holy Cross

Katelyn Hartnett is on a record-setting course as a member of the Holy Cross indoor and spring track teams.

The former Danvers High star broke two school records in her sophomore year, both of which were originally 19 years ago.

What makes her accomplishments even more spectacular is the fact Hartnett is recovering from a stress fracture suffered late in her freshman year. It is still bothering her to some extent, and she has altered her normal running routines to compensate.

"I was suffering from what I thought were shin splits last year during spring season," said Hartnett. "I pushed through the pain, but when I came home for the summer I couldn't run. It took a long time to find out what was wrong, but the doctor finally diagnosed a stress fracture.

"I wound up in a boot for nine weeks and wasn't able to start running again until a week before I went back to school. It took all fall to feel better; I couldn't practice with the team every day which was frustrating because I hated being injured. At the same time I had to be sure it healed right. (As a result), I missed just one meet."

When she returned, Hartnett went all out and broke the Crusaders' record in the 1,000 meters in a time of 2:53.42, placing fourth at the New England Championship at Boston University.

Recently, Hartnett recorded the fastest Holy Cross time ever in the 800 (2:12:49) to finish second at the Patriot League championship meet at Bucknell.

"You tend to peak at championship meets when you go up against all the best runners," said Hartnett. "As a freshman I was 1/100th of a second away from the 800 record and one second short in the 1000; I knew I had three more years to break both."

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