Boen records 57th Coach of the Year award
EASTON, Mass. (May 23, 2018) – Karen Boen, head coach for the Stonehill College men's and women's track and field programs was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Women's Outdoor East Region Coach of the Year, as announced by the association on Tuesday.
Boen, who is in her 21st season in charge of the Stonehill College men's and women's cross country and men's and women's track & field programs, has totaled 57 Coach of the Year awards among three seasons and six teams. She most recently led the women's outdoor track & field team to its third-straight outdoor NE10 Championship, and fourth in program history.
The 2017-18 outdoor season was kicked off with multiple season and personal bests, where the team had two weekends off following the indoor season. The women were impressive at the 53rd Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Virginia where there were 14 top-10 marks finishing 21st out of 2 teams. The squad earned their first team title at the Silfen Invitational, hosted by Connecticut College dominating the competition with 189 points, 100 points over the second-place Tufts University.
Stonehill collected back-to-back third-place finishes at the Holy Cross Invitational and their own Skyhawk Invitational before defending their title at the Northeast-10 Conference Outdoor Championships, hosted by Southern Connecticut State University. Collecting its fourth crown in five years and third-straight outdoor championship, the women combined for 248 points, 24 All-Conference honors over the two-day Championship, six school records broken, and five individual event winners. The Skyhawks have now won nine-straight NE10 titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field, and 14 of the last 15 titles since 2013.
At the New England Championship, Boen coached eight All-New England performances, including junior Olivia Dexter (East Calais, Vermont/Union 32) garnering three of the eight, bringing her total to eight for her career.
Around the middle of February, Stonehill competed at the NE10 Championships and took home its fifth-straight indoor title, matching the NE10 record for consecutive indoor wins, tying the University of Massachusetts Lowell who won the title from 2002-06. Boen also coached 15 All-Conference honors at the Championship, while she also saw four individual titles among the team and earned her 56th NE10 Coach of the Year honor.
Boen has totaled 14 of the last 15 NE10 Championships in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field since 2013
She later received her 55th Coach of the Year honor, as she was recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as the East Regional Women's Indoor Coach of the Year.
Boen was also named USTFCCCA Men's Cross Country East Region Coach of the Year, and NE10 men's and women's Coach of the Year after seeing both programs win the conference championship. This was the fourth year that she tallied both the men's and women's Coach of the Year Awards in cross country, the other years included: 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2004. Boen's success extends beyond conference level as she has collected East Region Coach of the Year awards for all six teams. Overall, her resume includes 57 NE10/USTFCCCA East Region Coach of the Year Awards, 31 NE10 Championships, and 18 East Region Championships across six teams. Boen, who was inducted into the Stonehill Hall of Fame in 2014, has overseen the development of 50 All-Americans and three Hall of Fame inductees.
Senior Alison Tobin (Hudson, Massachusetts/Hudson) will represent the Stonehill College Track & Field program at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday, May 24 to wrap up the season, as she competes in the pole vault at the Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, hosted by the Johnson C. Smith University.
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