Frank McCarthy
Frank McCarthy

Frank McCarthy was a big reason for the early success of the Boston State College track and field and cross country teams in the mid-1960s. In just two seasons, he ran for six different Warriors' teams and was the captain for the 1964 and 1965 cross country teams as well as the 1964-65, 1965-66 indoor track teams and the 1965 and 1966 outdoor squads. The harrier had an amazing senior year, with top five finishes in all nine cross country races, while leading Boston State to its second straight New England State College Championship. He continued his success in the indoor season, breaking his own meet record in the 600 and also anchored the mile relay at the Boston YMCA Invitational, en-route to being named the meet's Outstanding Performer. McCarthy finished first in the 600 and the mile relay at the New England AAU Championships and finished in the top five at the Knights of Columbus and BAA Invitationals, which featured the top New England runners from every NCAA level. He followed the indoor season by going undefeated in the outdoor campaign, helping the Warriors to titles at the Brandeis Invitational, the Southern New England Championship, the NAIA District I Championship and the NESC Championship. The BSC star showed outstanding range at the NAIA Championship, winning the 880 yard run, the 220 yard dash and anchoring the winning 440 and mile relay teams en-route to being named Boston State's Outstanding Senior Athlete. A career record holder in five events at Boston State, he finished in the top five in eight cross country races, while leading the Warriors to an NESC Championship in their inaugural season. He earned the first of two team track and field MVP honors in his first season as a junior after winning the 600 at the Boston YMCA Invitational and taking second place at the New England AAU Championships in addition to placing in the top five at the Knights of Columbus and BAA Invitationals. He led BSC in its first outdoor season as well, winning the 440 and 880 in the Southern New England Championships and breaking records in the same events in the NESC Championship, as the Warriors took both team titles. Following his 1966 graduation from Boston State, he went on to coach track and teach English for 25 years at Cambridge Rindge & Latin, where he won 13 state and all-state crowns. His teams won 15 Greater Boston/Suburban League titles and 25 of his athletes were named All-Scholastic, including five who were honored as the Athlete of the Year by the Boston Globe and Herald. He was selected as the Globe's Track Coach of the Year four times, was tabbed as one of the top 20 high school track coaches in the nation by Runner's World magazine in 1985 and was inducted into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997.