2014-04-18 / Community

South Portland runner brings home gold

South Portland resident Sue McCarthy, 50, earned three

individual gold medals from the National Masters Track and Field Championships in Boston March 14-16. McCarthy also won gold in the 4x200 relay in her age group (50 to 54). Her club team, MassVelocity, placed third overall.

McCarthy began the weekend with a gold medal in the 400-meter race finishing in 66.01 seconds – a time that not only secured first place but also represented the fastest time she has run in that event in many years.

“I’m trying to get faster, not older,” McCarthy said in a press release.

On Saturday she came out on top in the 60-meter dash, again running her fastest time in years, and on Sunday captured the 200 meters in a time of 28.5 – a time that might win many high school meets in the area.

Her performances this weekend were particularly satisfying for McCarthy in light of the difficult injuries she has had to overcome in the last year and a half. During the outdoor 2012 season McCarthy developed an injury that plagued her all season. At the Outdoor New England Association Championships in July 2012 she ran for gold in the 100-meter and 200-meter. McCarthy also took home two second-place finishes at the 2012 Outdoor Nationals Championships in Lisle, Ill., in the 100 meter and 200 meter. In August 2012, McCarthy competed for the U.S. in the World Masters Athletics 2012 North-Central American, Caribbean and Canadian Masters track and field championships, making the trip to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. McCarthy took home a silver medal in the 200-meter W45-49 event, missing first place by 0.01 of a second to a 46-year-old competitor from Trinidad-Tobago. She was also part of the USA W45 4x100 meter relay and 4x400 meter relay, both taking home silver.

Following the 2012 New Brunswick meet, McCarthy stopped competing for a year to rehab her injury and stayed local for the 2013 outdoor season, competing in corporate meets. Nursing her injury. McCarthy still was able to secure three new Maine state corporate track records for her MaineHealth corporate team.

McCarthy continues to juggle motherhood, full-time employment, volunteering for the American Lung Association, contra dancing, and outdoor adventure activities, in addition to an extensive daily training schedule. Two to three times a week McCarthy is on the track before work, running sprint intervals from 5:30 to 7 a.m. at an indoor track facility. Other training includes weight training, power yoga and distance running. McCarthy trains by herself mostly, but shares the track in the mornings with, who she affectingly refers to as, her “senior fan club” – a number of seniors who walk the track in the morning during her workouts.

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