By Zac Vierra — Copy Editor
Each year on Marathon Monday, thousands of runners pass the Lasell College campus on their journey from Hopkinton to Boston. As the runners turn from Route 16 to Commonwealth Ave, hundreds of Lasell students line the road to cheer on the athletes. While most students are happy being spectators of the Boston Marathon, senior Meghan Missett dreams of running the 26.2 mile route in the future.
Missett, who is a member of the Lasell track and cross-country teams, typically runs 3-12 miles each day. One of the routes she runs on a regular basis includes Commonwealth Ave. at roughly the 17.5-mile mark of the marathon she hopes to compete in some day.
Missett has been running competitively since her junior year at Lowell High School and set Lasell records in the 3000-meter and the mile run, along with being named GNAC runner of the week twice last fall. One of her proudest accomplishments was the 3000-meter steeplechase, an event that includes barriers and water jumps that runners must hurdle over.
“I had never done it before, so I was super nervous, but it was something I really wanted to try,” said Missett. “I didn’t run a fast time, but I’m glad I got outside of my comfort zone and did it.”
When she graduates in May, Missett will receive a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a concentration in creative advertising, and she hopes to make a career working in a nonprofit arts department.
For now, Missett wants to join a Boston-area running club and still be competitive when she graduates. One day, although she is not sure when, she hopes to pass the corner of Route 16 and Commonwealth Ave as a runner instead of a face in the crowd.
~ Contributions by Brian Roach