It is highly unusual for three college track captains to hail from the North Shore, but that's the situation at Holy Cross next season. Leading the Crusader women will be three outstanding seniors, Lexie Culkeen of Beverly/Bishop Fenwick, Katelyn Hartnett of Danvers and Paige Sutherland, who ran for Pentucket Regional High School and also spends a lot of time at her mother's home in Peabody. They are three of the five coaches who will lead the indoor and outdoor teams.
"I've known Lexie since I was very little and kept in touch with her all through high school," said Hartnett, who is an outstanding middle distance runner. "We always saw each other at the big meets and then wound up going to the same college and are teammates. I didn't know Paige until college, but now we are all good friends. It's funny that we will all be captains this year, because we all live so close to each other, and we all do different events."
Culkeen, who competes in the shot put and 20-pound weight indoors and the shot, discus and hammer in outdoor track, and Hartnett will serve as captains for both the indoor and outdoor track seasons while Sutherland will also captain the cross country squad. Culkeen was named Most Valuable Field Athlete, while Hartnett received Most Valuable Runner at the annual season-ending banquet.
"We have good captains and a lot of leadership," said Sutherland, who worked at Sylvan Street Grille and is currently doing an internship in Boston for CBS radio. "When you run all three seasons, you never get much time off; you just go from one season right into the next. I'm already training for cross country."
Sutherland, who made the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll (3.20 GPA) as a junior, is a philosophy major. For the past two years, she has been an All Patriot League First Team selection, and the Crusaders' top finisher in all seven races. Last fall, she was named Patriot Runner of the Week in October after finishing 20th at the New England Championship. Indoors, she competes in the 1,500, mile, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000.