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Maura Danahy '02

Maura Danahy '02
One of the most talented athletes to set foot on the Connecticut College campus, Maura Danahy rewrote the record books in her spectacular career on the cross country and track and field programs.

A three-time NCAA All-American in cross country (1999-2001), Danahy garnered All-NESCAC, All-New England and NCAA All-Region honors in each of her four years. As a senior in 2001, she set school marks for highest individual place at the following events: NESCAC Championship (4th place), New England Division III Championship (5th), All-New England Championship (10th) and NCAA Division III Championship (11th).

During her career, Danahy broke eight school records. She received the College’s Most Valuable Runner Award three times and was elected team captain as a junior and senior. Her leadership helped propel the Camels’ national rankings in 2000 and 2001 and the team’s highest conference finish (5th) at the 2000 NESCAC Championship.

Danahy's athletic dominance as a distance runner carried over to the track and field program where she broke 12 school records. As a junior, Danahy was the 2001 New England Division III 5000 meter champion. In 2002, she earned All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships for her fifth place finish in the 5000 meters and at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for her third place finish in the 10,000 meters.

In 2001, the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance honored Danahy as the state’s Female Athlete of the Year. At the conclusion of her career, she received the Anita DeFrantz ’74 Award, given annually to an outstanding senior female athlete for athletic achievement, leadership and sportsmanship.

After graduating with a degree in human development, Danahy continued to run competitively, qualifying for the 2004 Olympic Trials in the marathon in a time of 2:47. Danahy currently lives in Oakland, Calif., where she teaches the fourth grade.