Running is a sport in which there is no lying. Your times tell the truth to the questions you want to know. Did I work hard enough? Did I train long enough? Am I getting better?
Catherine Cone knows that as well as anyone, and she’s the type of kid who isn’t afraid to put in that work to get better. Whether it is on the cross-country team, running sprints for the outdoor and indoor track and field teams, or putting in routines as a competitive figure skater, Catherine gets better all the time because she’s out there putting in the time.
She is the middle child of Marybeth and William Cone’s three kids. Her older brother, Tommy, recently graduated from FHS, and she also has a younger brother, Nick. In school, history is her favorite subject, and her most-prized possession is an autographed photograph of Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu.
“Coraline” is Catherine’s favorite movie, and “Grey’s Anatomy” is her favorite TV show. The band Daughter is her favorite musical act. Her favorite meal is probably inspired from all her time at the Falmouth Ice Arena, since she loves chicken tenders and fries.
Catherine has been an honorable mention All-League in cross-country. She won the Amber Bailey Memorial Award for spirit and enthusiasm from the Falmouth Figure Skating Club, and she’s a member of the National Honor Society.
How did you get involved with cross-country? How much do you enjoy it?
I actually didn’t get involved with cross-country until my junior year. I’m a sprinter for winter and spring track, but I wanted to build up stamina for the oncoming season. The people I run with are super-supportive of each other and make the sport all the more enjoyable.
Describe your feelings when you found out you were going to get to play a senior season this year after the spring sports were canceled.
I was excited but a bit nervous because I really didn’t think we were going to have any fall sports, so it took me by surprise.
While other sports have had some drastic rules changes, cross-country’s have not been quite as noticeable. How has it been as a competitor, and how do you deal with them?
Very minor changes have been made, but none have really affected me as a competitor. The only significant one is that we have staggered starts for our races. But since our group is fairly small, we haven’t had to deal with this as much.
Running can be a lonely sport. What is your mindset when you are out on the course? Are you thinking about the race, or other things?
When I’m running a course, I like to take my mind elsewhere and not think about the race. It helps me to keep calm and run faster. I’ve found that thinking about how far I have left to go messes up my pace.
With the season concluding, are you pleased with how your season has gone?
Although this season is shorter than most, I can say I’m pleased with what I’ve done, as I’ve already made significant improvements from my first meet.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I think a scouting report would say that I’m a determined runner who can keep a good pace throughout a race and still have enough gas left for a fast sprint to the finish line.
If you could replay one game you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
I would replay my 5K race at the MIAA Eastern Mass Divisional Championships last year. I remember it was really cold that day and I could barely feel my feet. This ended up working out because I ran my best race and got a personal record. I was really proud of myself, and it was a great last meet with my teammates.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The highlight of my athletic career so far would have to be medaling in the 55-meter final at the Cape and Islands League Championship meet in Winter Track. In the past years I had always come up short to making the final, so to make it and medal was really awesome.
Who is the best teammate you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate I’ve ran with would have to be sophomore Josephine Oberton. We have a similar running pace, and we always work off each other in practices and in meets. She’s a great runner, and I have no doubt that her times are going to be even better next season.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I’m not very big on superstitions, but I do have a few. Before every race, I have to do heel walks along with the rest of our stretching routine. When I forget to do them, I always feel off during the race. Another one is not looking at my watch. In my best races, I’ve found that I either barely look down at my watch or I don’t wear it at all. Watching the time go by gets me anxious, and I feel a lot more comfortable when I’m not worrying about it at all.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
If you convince yourself that you can’t do it, then you never will. You have to accept failure before you can learn and succeed.
Was there anything you accomplished or worked on improving during quarantine that you’re proud of?
During quarantine, I went on runs a couple days a week, and when I wasn’t, I was at the ice rink working on my jumps and spins. I’m proud of myself for staying active during that time.
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
Firstly, I would like to thank my parents, who would pick me up from practice and drive me directly to skating on a daily basis when I hadn’t gotten my license yet. I would also like to thank Coach Long and all the other coaches for pushing us in practices and willing us to do that extra lap around the track.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
The most interesting place I’ve visited is Aruba. The wildlife was really cool, and the beaches had some of the best sunsets. I’ve always dreamed of going to Iceland, though. It’s a big contrast to your typical tropical getaway, but the varying geographical features from glaciers to volcanoes make it super-intriguing.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
The biggest difference between me as a senior compared to me as a freshman is that I talk more. I’ve always been a quiet person, but I would tell my freshman self to speak up more and not be afraid to try different running events.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I don’t like candy at all. I also really dislike chocolate too.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
I would switch places with Lorde because she’s one of my favorite singers, and it would be really interesting to see what kind of life she lives.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
A perfect day for me would be relaxing in my hammock on a summer morning. Then I’d go to the beach with friends and get ice cream afterwards.
What are your post-high-school plans?
I plan to go to college and possibly pursue a degree in education.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
In 10 years I hope to be living somewhere close to Cape Cod with a good-paying job.