Thomaston's Chaplen to run at Quinnipiac
Thomaston's Chaplen signs with Quinnipiac
THOMASTON - Cameron Chaplin never dreamed she would run right past the finish line and into college. Last week she did just that.
Chaplin signed a letter of intent to attend Quinnipiac University capping off a brilliant high school career that still has an outdoor track season to go this spring.
“It’s crazy, it doesn’t seem real,” said Chaplin. “My freshman year I never expected to be able to run at a Division I school. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity.”
Of course her freshman year Chaplin probably didn’t expect to become the Class S state champion, a title she earned this past fall, an All-New England runner, four-time All-State and four-time all Berkshire League performer.
Thomaston High cross country and track coach Mark Olsen didn’t necessarily see this day coming either if you go back to Chaplin’s middle school days.
“I met Cam in high school and she a 6:20 miler or so,” remembered Olsen. “You’re not going to say hey. The next thing you know she is all-State. And the minute she was All- New England you figured she would have to get interest. It’s not easy to be All-State four times and All-New England. I hope it works out for her, she is a really talented runner.”
A number of colleges were interested in Chaplin including Iona in New York and Oberlin in Ohio. But it was Quinnipiac that impressed her the most.
“I felt the most comfortable there,” said Chaplin. “With the team, the coaches, the atmosphere. When I went there, I was thinking that I didn’t want to go to school in Connecticut, blah, blah, blah. The third time I visited, I just got that feeling. The third time was a charm.”
Chaplen knows the college experience will be different so expectations are vague at this time.
“I think I’ll be up there, but I will have to work for it,” said Chaplen. “I will definitely be varsity but I have no expections yet. I know it will be completely different.”
Chaplen’s crowning achievement at THS was the Class title she won at Wickham Park. It still resonates strongly with here.
“It meant the world to me and I’m honored to have won that,” said Chaplen. “Sabrina (Olsen) won her freshman year and I’m speechless just thinking about it. Especially doing it my senior year.”
“Cam is consistent, durable and talented,” added Olsen. “She’ll do fine.”
She always has, there is no reason it won’t continue.