Waterbury Republican-American: College record-setter

In advance of this weekend's Northeast-10 Championships, Waterbury Republican-American sportswriter Mark Jaffee caught up with Bentley All-America Amy Varsell.  Here's the article, which appeared in the April 30 edition of the newspaper and on the newspaper's website at www.rep-am.com.

College record-setter

Former Lewis Mills running standout excels at Bentley; holds 6 school records


BY MARK JAFFEE,
REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

Of all the accolades, titles and races won over the past dozen years by track star Amy Varsell, one moment stands out. "When I was 9 years old, I competed in the 50- and 100­meter dashes at the Hershey Track and Field competition at Lewis Mills High, and won my age group," said Varsell. "I still have those ribbons. I love those ribbons."

Little did Varsell know but that first race, thanks to her parents registering her after seeing the race notice in a Burlington Park and Recre­ation newsletter, would be the springboard to a spectacular cross country, indoor and out­door track career.

Her competitive nature kicked in first at Har-Bur School, then Lewis Mills, where she was a four-time 400-meter Berkshire League champion and a three-time state champi­on, and for the past three years at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass., where she holds a half­dozen school records.

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