EVENTS: Mile/1,000 meters
COACH: Patrick Williamson
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Completed one of the best Connecticut girls indoor careers of the last 15 years by finishing fifth in the mile in the New Balance Indoor Nationals (4:52.53) to secure All-American status. ... Won the New England Championship in the mile (4:55.37) and the State Open title (4:56.80), just missing Meghan Owen of Killingly's 11-year State Open record of 4:56.66. ... Pulled off an impressive sweep of the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the Class S championship to lift her team to a fourth-place finish. She ran 3:01.81 in the 1,000, 5:04.70 in the 1,600 and 11:12.78 in the 3,200 meters. ... Ran 4:57.43 in the mile at the Millrose Games to place eighth ... The CCC champion in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:59.96. ... Finished indoor track career with state records in the 800 meters (2:11.16) and 1,000 meters (2:51.31). She also has the State Open record in the 1,000 meters (2:53.01), and Class S records in the 1,000 and 1,600 meters (2:55.95 and 4:58.32).
GILLESPIE SAID: "There have been lots of miles and really great friends. You can meet someone and hit it off with them but there's nothing like going for a run with them. I've met a lot of people and I think it has really, really changed me and taught me to do the hard thing. You don't get anywhere unless you put in hard work and I think I've really learned to attack everything step-by-step just like running."
WILLIAMSON SAID: "People are always going to remember her name around here. I don't see how they could forget. ... She tries really hard and she really cares. I'm going to think about her times and victories, of course, but that is going to be a little further down on the list because I'm just excited to see what she is going to achieve in college and afterward in and outside the sport. I have no doubt that whatever she choses to do she will do it well and achieve her goals.”
UP NEXT: Will look to chase more records and lower her time in the mile this outdoor track season before heading to Harvard this fall, where she will run and study biology.
IN 10 YEARS: Hopefully a physician's assistant, still running and writing.
MISCELLANEOUS: Plans to go into medical school after graduating from Harvard. ... Part of campus ministry, French Honor society and National Honor society. ... Loves studying French and hopes to study it at Harvard, too. ... Went to a camp last year where she observed and helped medical professionals who were assisting migrant workers. ... Loves to read and write, and has written two novels. ... Was also the 2012 All-Courant girls indoor track athlete of the year.