speedy runner does it all for Arlington Catholic

Published November 22, 2019

By JENNIFER GENTILE

GARDNER, MA—For for years, Melrose resident Sean Kay was on an upward trajectory as a member of the Arlington Catholic cross country team. 

On Saturday, Nov. 16 he travelled to Gardner Municipal Golf Course  to compete in the MIAA All State Cross Country Championships and walked away a state champion. 

He earned the All-State title, prevailing among nearly 200 competitors in the Div. II race with a time of 16:03, bringing home the most coveted trophy to Arlington Catholic. The Cougar had been victorious the previous week on Nov. 9, winning the Eastern Mass Division 5 Championship with a personal best time of 15:49 on the 5k course, cementing entry to last week’s final. 

Kay is now wrapping up an accomplished 4 year cross country career at Arlington Catholic High School, which includes: 

STATE CHAMPION Sean Kay of the Arlington Catholic Cougars. (courtesy photo)

*Catholic Central League XC Championships (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and 2 time League MVP

*Boston Herald All Scholastic (2017, 2018, 2019)

*Boston Globe All Scholastic (2018, 2019)

*Eastern Mass Division 5 Champion (2018, 2019)

*Frank Kelley Div 2 Champ (2018)

*All State Runner up (2018)

Getting to this point had long been a goal for Kay. “Being able to win a state championship was one of my goals since my freshman year of high school,” he says. “I knew success wasn’t going to happen immediately or over night, so being able to put in the work day in and day out for the last 4 years is a great feeling, especially when it has finally paid off.”

Kay trains regularly in Melrose and appreciates the rich history of distance running in the city. He is the third of 10 children, with an older sister (Alexandra) who runs for Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland (Div I) and an older brother (Aidan) who runs for Franciscan University in Ohio (Division III).

And the future only looks bright for this pro: he has committed to run distance for Yale University in Fall 2020.

He spoke of the process of becoming a Bulldog.

“The team dynamic, along with the competitive academic and athletic environment was what attracted me the most when I visited and finally chose Yale,” says Kay. “I wanted to attend a university where I knew I could continue to improve in my running and a university where I knew the coaches and staff are not only as committed as I am to cross country and track, but also coaches that will support me throughout my 4 years of college. Academically of course, I knew Yale would challenge me tremendously.”

Certainly it will. And job well done, Mr. Kay.