The area’s premier distance runner for the past two seasons, Maria Coffin left her mark on the cross country season last fall with a record-breaking state championship performance.
In winning her second straight Class 4A cross country championship as a senior, Coffin set a course record on the hilly, challenging Hereford course -- known as the toughest in the state. She won in 17 minutes, 49.38 seconds.
After that, Coffin headed to San Diego to run in the biggest high school cross country race of the season, the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships. She finished 10th, earning second-team All-American honors.
She was named The Sun’s All-Metro Runner of the Year for the second straight year.
She then turned to the track where she won the state indoor track championship in the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 58.99 seconds to set a new state Class 4A record. She also took second in the 3,200. She went on to the Penn Relays and finished 13th in the 3,000.
This spring, she also won the 1,600 state championship and finished second in the 3,200 and 800.
Coffin was named first-team All-Metro in indoor track for the second straight year. She finishes her career with seven state championships.
She will run next year at Providence.