By Michael Muldoon
---- — Becca Stabile calls it “Hillie pride down in Connecticut.”
This is a unique strain of Hillie pride, too. It’s all Stabile all the time.
The Stabile sisters from Haverhill are teaming up once again with results similar to their charmed careers at Haverhill High.
After 2.5 frustrating years at Northeastern and UMass Lowell, Sam Stabile, Becca’s older sister, thought her career was over. Last year she transferred to Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn., and decided to give it another go.
She knew she had made the right decision to join her sister and take the spikes out of moth balls. There was absolutely no doubt about it when two weeks ago they helped the Bobcats, a Division 1 program still in its infancy, set the school 4x400 record of 3:56.03 at the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University.
“That was so cool,” said Becca, a sophomore. “To set a record together was awesome. It’s really cool being able to run with her again. I love it.”
Sam, a senior, said, “That was awesome. I hadn’t really run any 400s. I was a little nervous. I got my legs back. I was so excited.”
Also that day Becca broke her own school record with a 63.17 in the 400 hurdles. She’s since lowered it twice with a best of 62.72 as the fourth qualifier yesterday at the Northeast Conference Meet. She also owns the area high school 400 hurdles record of 63.50.
The Stabile name is all over the record books for the upstart Bobcats. Sam set school marks of 12.86 in the 100 meters and 26.43 in the 200 meters last spring, but another Quinnipiac runner topped them this season. Sam also hold the record for the high jump 5-3.5 and recently ran a 26.26 200.
The Stabile clan is a competitive bunch. But Sam is just happy to be enjoying herself on the track again.
She signed a scholarship with Northeastern after a great career with the Hillies highlighted by school records of 12.34 in the 100 and 25.28 in the 200.
It never clicked for her at NU.
“It was a combination of factors,” she said. “It just wasn’t the right place at the right time, track and personally. My heart just wasn’t in it.”
She transferred to UMass Lowell for a year and a half but chose not to compete.
“I kind of thought I had hung up my spikes for good,” she said. “In high school they recruited me, but it didn’t seem the right fit. I just wasn’t ready.”
She had decided to transfer to Quinnipiac but still wasn’t sold on track.
“I came down to a meet and talked to the coaches. They kind of talked me into it,” said Sam, a senior who is studying to be a physical therapist.
Sam has learned not to put so much pressure on herself.
“It’s more a mindset that I’ll enjoy it more and not be so intense. I’m still intense but I’m able to enjoy it a bit more,” she said.
Both feel ending up at the same school and on the same team has been a blessing.
“I never thought we’d run together again,” said Becca, a nursing major. “It’s great to have her around. I’m always here for her and she’s always here for me. We’re closer than most sisters. I’m literally with her all the time. I though when she came here we’d do our own thing. We’ve gotten closer. We’re still goofy like we were but we’re more trusting and supportive.”
Sam said, “We’re each other’s biggest fans. We don’t feel the need to be better than each other.”
Northeast Conference Meet
Results from yesterday’s meet:
Athlete Event Performance Place
Becca Stabile 400 Hurdles 62.72* 4th
Sam Stabile 200 26.55 21st
Sam Stabile High Jump 5-1.25 8th
*Broke her own school record, will run in finals today
Both will run in 4x400 today