Kate Mitchell

[Kate graduated from Lynnfield High School in June of 2018. Next stop -- Boston College. In addition to being a High Honors student throughout high school, she was a member (and treasurer) of the National Honor Society, and Treasurer of the Class of 2018.
Kate was a varsity soccer captain, Cape Ann League All-Star, and EMass 2nd Team All-Star.
She also ran indoor and outdoor track, serving as captain in her junior and senior years.
Kate was a Cape Ann League All-Star for both indoor and outdoor in all 4 years. She was indoor track Team MVP in all 4 years, and outdoor Team MVP for 3 years.
In her junior and senior years, Kate was named Cape Ann League MVP.
Her personal bests (to date!) are 4:59.22 for the mile, 2:55.20 for 1000M, 2:11.30 for 800M, and 1:36.23 for 600M.]


GTD: Kate, how long have you worked with Coach Braz? What got you started?
Kate: I started working with Coach Braz my junior year. I started working with him because I became very serious about track and I knew how successful his other athletes were. Tia Patterson, who was a senior on the team when I was a freshman, worked with him and really recommended that I do as well.


GTD: You played soccer in the fall and ran track in the winter and spring. Did you work with Coach Braz in all three seasons?
Kate: Coach Braz gave me summer workouts to get me in shape for the soccer season. During the soccer season I did not work with him, but as soon as the season ended, we discussed my goals for the upcoming indoor season. After two weeks of rest, he then began to send me weekly outlines

GTD: Tell us how the coaching was communicated.
Kate: Coach Braz sent me an email at the beginning of the week with my runs for each day. During the week he checked in via text to see how a certain workout went or how my legs were feeling. Before meets, he called me to check in and talk about the strategy going into the race.


GTD: How did the feedback process work? Tell us how this built and focused your goals during a track season.
Kate: Coach Braz and I always talked about my goals for the season. I did not always have a ton of confidence in myself so Coach Braz used the workouts to show me what I was capable of. If I had a bad race, Coach Braz always found positives to highlight but then talked to me about what I should work on the next time.


GTD: While you were competing on your high school team, did you have an opportunity to sharpen your racing with other meets or workouts with Coach Braz?
Kate: Yes, on days that my team did not have practice or on weekends, I was able to go to Peabody to do my workout with Coach Braz.


GTD: Besides running, how else do you condition yourself to be competitive?
Kate: I stretch, lift and do other exercises to strengthen my muscles and prevent injury. On days off from running, I aqua-jog or bike as well. Additionally, I try to take care of myself by eating properly, hydrating, and getting the right amount of sleep. I have always been a super competitive person, so I am always motivated to make myself better in any way that I can.


GTD: How do you handle nutrition?
Kate: During the season, I try to eat very healthy and avoid processed foods. Typically I eat a lot of protein and carbs to fuel my body. I have a condition called a sucrose intolerance, which is basically a lactose intolerance but for sugar. Because of that, I don't eat a ton of sugar but every once in a while, I can't say no to an ice cream. Coach Braz (and Coach Pete) always talked to me about the importance of nutrition and gave me recommendations on what I should eat/drink.


GTD: What's ahead for your first year athletically at BC? Academically?
Kate: As of right now, I am only going to be competing in two or three low-key cross country races, which will be very new for me, and then I will be running on the indoor and outdoor track teams. I am currently enrolled in the Carroll School of Management at BC and I hope to major in business analytics and computer science.


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Riley Dowd, Stonehill College, Sep. 2018
Kate Mitchell, Boston Collge, Aug. 2018
Nadja Ueckert-LaPlante, Ipswich HS, Dec. 2017
Marissa Farago, Triton HS, Apr. 2017
Anthony Pizzo, AIC, Dec. 2016
Matt Loehle, UConn, Dec. 2016
Emily DeMarco, Ipswich HS, Apr. 2016
Sarah Oliver, Marblehead HS, Jan. 2016
AJ Ernst, Marblehead HS, Dec. 2015
Abby Walsh, Beverly HS, Dec. 2015
Sydney Packard, Bishop Fenwick HS, Dec. 2015
Griffin Barriss, Melrose HS, Dec. 2015
Tia Patterson, Boston College, Dec. 2015
Thomas Mackin, Lynn Classical HS, Dec. 2015
Riley Dowd, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Emily Weigand, American University, Nov. 2015
Connor Wolff, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Lexi Buonfiglio, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Victoria Holleran, St John, Peabody, Mar. 2015
Abby Walsh, Beverly HS, Dec. 2014
Riley Dowd, Peabody HS, Dec. 2014
Sarah Oliver, Marblehead HS, Dec. 2014
Tia Patterson, Lynnfield HS, Nov. 2014
Emily Horgan, Univ. of Vermont, Nov. 2014
Arianna Maida, Bishop Fenwick HS, Sep. 2014