Liz & Lauren Duffy, Setting The Bar High
By: Dan Crowley
In the summer the Duffys run for fun competing in local road races. They’ve run the Sandwich Fourth of July Race, DeConto 5K and the Thanksgiving “We Gather Together 5K.” They have also competed in the Cape Cod Marathon Relay.
This spring Liz plans to compete in the one-mile for the Lady Knights and the 4x4 relay. She also throws the discus. Lauren plans to run the two-mile, and since she competed in the high jump during the indoor season, she hopes to jump again this spring.
SHS Girls’ Spring Track Coach Mike O’Brien, while looking forward to having Lauren on the track for the first time this spring, will be coaching Liz for her fourth outdoor season.
“Liz is exceptionally diligent in AP Literature, any opportunity to go the extra mile is seized,” O’Brien said. “She applies the same work ethic in track. She has committed to recycling projects and is a very genuine kid.”
“The work ethic that they have demonstrated in the classroom is certainly equaled on the track,” Coach Infascelli agreed. “This winter they led by example. They have accomplished amazing things and are both absolutely wonderful young women. I hope they look back on running and realize just how much of an impact they have had on the younger kids.”
For most of their lives the sisters have mirrored each other, sharing similar interests and similar accomplishments, but college may send them in different directions.
“It’s going to be hard,” Lauren said of the possibility of splitting up. “But we’re not going to base our college decision on each other.”
The list of schools the Duffys have applied to is lengthy. They have both been offered scholarships at St. Anselm College and Stonehill College. Liz has also received a scholarship offer from Salve Regina. Lauren did not apply to Salve Regina. They have spoken with the cross-country coach at St. Anselm and should they choose to attend, they will both be offered spots on the team.
However, many of the schools the sisters have applied to have yet to be heard from, and this includes their mutual favorite, Holy Cross.
“If I go somewhere that I can’t run, I’ll do a club sport,” Liz pointed out, and Lauren agreed.
Lauren plans to turn her focus toward Environmental Studies once in college, while Liz maintains she is still undecided.
“If we go to different schools, it’s going to be weird not to see her everyday,” Liz said looking at her sister.
“It’s going to take some getting used to,” Lauren added, should the sisters split up. “It’s really going to be different.”
Their accomplishments on the track and in the classroom over their four seasons at SHS have been considerable and they agree, wherever they choose to go to school, they’ll continue to run.
“The winter track season just ended and I miss it already,” Lauren smiled while Liz agreed. “I’m not myself when I’m not running.”
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