Point Boro senior Molly Kate Sabia is officially taking her academic and cross country careers to the University of Rhode Island after signing her National Letter of Intent on Nov. 18.
Once Sabia stepped foot on the Kingston, Rhode Island campus for her official visit and had the chance to meet Coach Feit, URI’s head coach of women’s cross country, she knew the school was the perfect fit. She plans on majoring in physical therapy, specifically pediatric.
“College is a tough decision to begin with, but when I went there, just everything about it kind of worked out,” Sabia said. “[...] I could definitely see myself running there and competing well and just putting out all my effort into that school, athletically and academically.”
URI, home of the Rams, is a Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member and belongs to the Atlantic 10 Conference for every sport besides football. Recently, their women’s cross country team finished second at the Rothenberg Invitational on Oct. 18 and fifth at the Bryant Nassaney Invitational on Sept. 7.
Sabia, who has been running competitively since the sixth grade, is sure to be a valuable asset to the Rams, as she holds the title of Ocean County Champion for both 2018 and 2019.
“I’m super proud of Molly,” Girls’ Cross Country Coach William Kostenko said. She’s been someone who is just so dedicated to herself and to the team, and to becoming better. So to see the accolades come along with that is always a really nice thing because it’s not really a guarantee to get the accolades, even when you put the effort in.”
Before every race, Sabia always listens to Kostenko’s words of advice to “be brave” and “don’t give up.”
“When you’re running a 5K, it’s not all about the start, or exactly the finish,” she said. “There is a two-mile mark too in the middle where you got to remember to keep pushing cause that’s where no one is in the woods at that point. No one is cheering for you like crazy there. It’s just you and the people that you’re running with.”