Hartford, Conn. - For most student-athletes, playing one sport is plenty time consuming, however there are those athletes out there both talented and driven enough to commit to two sports throughout the academic year. Very rarely though do both of those sports stretch from the beginning of the school year until the very end of it. For junior Katie Marlow Benedick (Weston, Mass.), a forward on Trinity's women's soccer team and an All-New England sprinter on the Bantam track and field squads, her commitment begins in August and doesn't stop until the end of May.
The dedication and time-management needed to play a sport year round is almost unthinkable, but Marlow-Benedick not only participates during the three seasons, but excels in them. On the soccer field, she is one of the team's best strikers, as shown by her 11 points on four goals and three assists this fall, of which led the team. On the track, she exploded onto the scene as a rookie, setting college records and earning All-NESCAC and All-New England honors as a sprinter, and followed that with another strong sophomore season in 2017-18, just missing the NCAA National Championships. To her though, the three-season life is normal for her. "I have also been a year round athlete my whole life, so I don’t really know what it would be like to not have practice everyday," she says.
This fall, Marlow-Benedick set career highs with her 11 points, four goals and three assists, while starting all 15 games for the women's soccer squad. Just because it's the track off-season for her, doesn't mean Coach Mason isn't invested in her successes on the soccer field. "I get nervous, mostly because I want her to do well, but there's also a small part of me that's hoping she doesn't get hurt," he says. "I know how good of an athlete she is and how smart she can be. She can be pretty hard on herself so I try and give her positive reinforcement, but not necessarily empty praise."
Marlow-Benedick's track and field career has been filled with outstanding accomplishments in just two years so far. As a rookie, she earned All-New England indoor honors in the 200-meter dash and added All-New England outdoor honors and All-NESCAC honors in the 200. She also collected All-New England outdoor honors and All-NESCAC honors in the 100-meter dash, and ran a leg of Trinity's 4x100-relay that earned All-New England and All-NESCAC honors while also setting a new college record. Last year as a sophomore, she broke the college's 60-meter and 200-meter dash records and collected All-New England honors in three events.
"Watching Katie shine in track is very prideful. Track is great because Katie's individual efforts can translate more directly into results than is always possible in soccer, so it is great to see her in an environment in which her individual accomplishments directly help her and her teammates in all categories she competes in," says Coach Crowe. "We follow her season from our office, as we do with all of our players who play multiple sports, and we love to remind everyone that Katie is also a women's soccer player. She is a stellar young woman and student athlete so she gives us a lot to brag about."