Oct. 20, 2008

BOSTON, MA - In the fall of 2007, Tory Fahey became the newest member of the UMass Boston Women's Cross Country squad. With little running experience or team participation under her belt, the junior was not sure what to expect. Long hours were spent training in preparation to finish her first official collegiate race. That day would finally come on September 20, 2008 in the UMass Dartmouth Invitational.

You see, Fahey spent the entire 2007 season practicing and getting into competitive shape, however was never able to cross the finish line in an official race. This would frustrate many runners but not Fahey. She stayed focused and remained determined to continue to work hard at achieving her goal of completing a race. Thirty-three minutes and five seconds after the start of the Dartmouth Invitational, Fahey crossed the finish line and her goal became a reality.

"Since joining the team, Tory has come a long way," said Sarah Shapiro, Head Coach of the UMass Boston cross country squad. "Now she considers herself an `athlete' and most of all, her biggest achievement, being able to call herself a `runner'."

For all of her hard work and dedication to the program, Fahey has been appointed team captain of the Beacons. Shapiro and other teammates have recognized the strong leadership skills and great drive behind Fahey's everyday approach to the sport.

Aside from her time spent running with the team, Fahey is an active member in the UMass Boston community. She currently works as the Assistant Director of the Harbor Art Gallery. During her summers, she has served as a two-time Orientation Leader, welcoming incoming students to campus while helping them make the transition to college life. She is a member of the SAEC, short for the Student Arts and Events Council and has been awarded many scholarships over her tenure at UMB.

"She is a true role model to the team, not only as an athlete but as a student. I am privileged to have her on my team," exclaimed Shapiro.

As far as the Beacons fall schedule goes, two cross-country meets remain and you can be sure to find Fahey competing in both. The senior, who is set to graduate in May of 2009 with a degree in Fine Arts, has enjoyed her time as a member of the Beacons, but more importantly, it is the the members of the cross country program, who have appreciated having a teammate like Fahey.