Kelley first-ever AWHS four-year state cross country meet qualifier!

 Shannon Kelley of Quincy with her four-year coach, Bryan Van Dorpe, right, and assistant coach James Leonard, left. 

Shannon Kelley of Quincy with her four-year coach, Bryan Van Dorpe, right, and assistant coach James Leonard, left. 

Shannon Kelley of Quincy, a senior at Archbishop Williams High School, finished her high school cross country career as the school’s first-ever runner, male or female, to qualify for the state championship for four consecutive years.

"Shannon has been a model of consistency for all four years of her cross country career, as exemplified by her being the first AWHS athlete to have qualified for the Massachusetts All-State Cross Country Championship meet for four years,” said her coach, Bryan Van Dorpe. “Her competitive nature, work ethic, and ability to perform so well in the big meets characterized her career.  Shannon's leadership and dominating presence made her one of the top cross country athletes in AWHS history."

“Qualifying for all four years for that meet was my most difficult challenge as a cross country runner,” said Kelley, who was a senior captain.  “I’m sad to be moving on, and grateful to Coach Van Dorpe for working so hard and always encouraging me to do my best.”

For each of her high school years, Kelley was also named a Catholic Central League all-Star, a Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic, and finished in the top 12 in the Mass. State Class Meet. At Catholic Central League dual meets, she  finished in first place 23 out of 34 times and as a sophomore and junior, was named to the Mass. State Track Coaches All-Academic Cross Country Team.  

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At Pond Meadow Park, Braintree, the school's home course since 2007, Kelley holds the fourth fastest female time and third fastest for an AWHS runner.

Kelley’s competitive athletic spirit continues into the winter basketball season as a varsity player once again for the state champion Bishops!