Athlete of the Week – Katie Coyne, Track & Field


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The Athlete of the Week is junior Katie Coyne from girls Varsity Track & Field. During the 2019-2020 Winter Track season, Coyne made the school leaderboard numerous times. She now holds the school record for the indoor 400m and 500m, as well as the second best all-time indoor 300m and 600m. She also ran the fourth leg of the record-holding indoor 4x200m relay team, consisting of freshman Leyla Murati, junior Caroline Stevens, and freshman Megyn Coyne!

Katie Coyne is known on the track team for her strong work ethic, positive attitude, and natural ability. Coach John McGee said, “Katie is a natural runner with tremendous speed. Katie leads through example. Every workout she gives 100 percent and has a great work ethic. She is quietly confident and very humble about her many school records. The younger runners see how hard she works and many try to follow that example.” Teammate Pippa Emms added, “I love watching Katie run. Not only does her speed make her unique to our team, but her impeccable form and her extremely humble attitude do, too. I don’t think she has ever had a bad race, and I am always excited to watch her run whenever I can.”

In the fall, Coyne ran Cross Country for the first time ever, having played JV Soccer in years past. Although she had no experience with the sport, she quickly became a leader on the girls Varsity team. She placed 4th overall at the Section 1 League Championship Meet and led the team at the Westchester County Meet with her time of 20:12.70. Sprinters typically don’t find their niche at Cross Country, but this didn’t seem to be a challenge for Coyne, who proved she can excel at any distance. It is exciting to wonder what she will accomplish next year with more experience under her belt.

As for the remainder of the Winter Track season, she said, “I just hope to go as far as I can and keep improving!” Best of luck to Coyne as she competes at the Section 1 State Qualifier Meet on February 23!