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December 5, 2012

Maguire caps off cross-country career with America East title

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Last summer, Maguire struggled with Compartment Syndrome surgery for the second time in four years. She underwent surgery, and returned earlier than expected, running her first race of the season on Sept. 28 at the Paul Short Invitational. One month later, she won the America East Championship. On Nov. 9, four months to the day of the surgery, she qualified for the NCAA Championships.

“Reliving the season, I had to push to come back early and just be competitive. Looking back, it was like a dream,” said Maguire. “My goal was always to qualify for the (NCAA) Outdoor Track Championships, I never thought it would happen in cross country.”

Maguire improved her finish at America East Championships in each of the last three cross-country seasons. She finished 45th as a sophomore, fourth as a junior, and first as a senior.

“She has overcome injuries and obstacles that most people would retire for,” said UNH coach Robert Hoppler. “Most people wouldn’t still be running. And instead of just simply running, she is actually winning championships as well. It is pretty remarkable.”

Hoppler credits the athletic training staff and the entire team for giving Maguire the resources necessary to accomplish this feat.

“It is a team effort. She takes the efforts that her coaches, teammates, and doctors put in and has been able to capitalize on those efforts,” said Hoppler. “A big piece of her success has to be attributed to the training room and the doctors as well. Our training staff has done a great job with Keely over the course of Keely’s career here.”

Maguire has made quite a name for herself at UNH, and the list of accomplishments is still growing as she heads into her final indoor and outdoor track seasons. The two-time conference track champion most recently qualified for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary in the 10,000 meters for the second straight season. She also captured her second New England title last spring with a first-place finish in the 1,500 meters.

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