Friday, March 1, 2013
The fleet-footed Peabody High senior was recently given the spotlight as the "High School Athlete of the Week."
Peabody's Catarina Rocha was featured in Runner's World as the High School Athlete of the Week, following her record-setting performance at the All-State Meet on Feb. 23. Rocha had already set a new record in the mile in 2012 and did it again last weekend to finish her last indoor season in style. Runner's World goes on to track the Peabody High senior's list of impressive accomplishments and other interesting facts. You can read the full article here.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Peabody High senior won her sixth state title this past weekend as she broke a three decades old school record in the mile set by Peabody distance runner Lisa Welch.
Not only did Catarina Rocha win the mile at All-States on Saturday, she beat her own record-setting time from last year by more than a second and broke a 32-year-old record at Peabody High for the indoor mile. Rocha crossed the line in 4:49.19, snagging her sixth state title in as many seasons and bumping Peabody's Lisa Welch as school record-holder by less than a second. Welch ran the mile in 4:49.70 at the Division I state meet in 1981. Incidentally, Rocha's time was also the fifth fastest ever run by a high school girl in Massachusetts, reports the Salem News. You can watch Rocha's record-setting run in the YouTube video by John Keklak attached to this article. Fast forward to 6 minutes in to see the start of the mile. Rocha led the …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
For the second year in a row, Gatorade names Peabody's Catarina Rocha the best girls' cross country runner in the state, both for athletic and academic excellence, along with exemplary character.
Earning the high honor for a second straight year, Peabody High's Catarina Rocha was named the Gatorade Runner of the Year for girls' cross country in Massachusetts. The prestigious award, which is in its 28th year, is given to a top athlete from each state across 12 varsity sports. Rocha, a 5-foot-4 senior, is wrapping up her high school career with high marks -- she finished 2nd in the Foot Locker Nationals last month, won the Northeast Regional race before that and won her second straight cross country state title. She also led her fellow Tanners to a Division I team state title, is a member of the National Honor Society, volunteers locally and an "A" student in the classroom. “Catarina Rocha is an exceptional runner,” said Lisa Owen, …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Peabody's Catarina Rocha places second among the best of the best high school female distance runners in the country.
Catarina Rocha certainly made her last Foot Locker appearance a memorable one -- the elite runner and Peabody High senior claimed 2nd Saturday in the National Championships, reeling in two midwest runners in the last seconds of the race. Rocha finished in 17:29, less than a second ahead of Minnesota's Maria Hauger and Colorado's Jordyn Coulter in 17:29.2 and 17:29.5, respectively. Indiana sophomore Anna Rohrer was able to hold onto her lead right to the end (17:24.8), and as she passed the 3-mile mark Hauger and Coulter were hot on her heels with Rocha right behind them. In the last 200 meters, however, Rocha pushed ahead to inch out both runners in a photo finish. Rocha, speaking with Deena Kastor after the race, said she was feeling good…
Friday, December 7, 2012
The Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships will be streamed live online at www.footlockercc.com, starting at 8:30 a.m. PST on Dec. 8.
Catarina Rocha has already outdone both her parents in their respective appearances in the national cross country championships 30 years ago. Saturday, she has a chance again to shine as one of the best female high school distance runners in the country. Rocha, a senior at Peabody High and coached by her dad Joe, will make her third straight appearance in the Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals on Dec. 8 in San Diego's Balboa Park. Rocha enters the race as the Northeast Regional Champion after dusting the field two weeks ago. Prior to that, she collected her second straight Massachusetts cross country title. MileSplit, in a preview of Saturday's race, pegs Rocha with a shot a winning and at least finishing in the top three, noting she's …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Elite distance runner Catarina Rocha is now ranked the fifth best female high school cross country runner in the nation.
As she prepares to head to San Diego again for the national championships of high school cross country, Peabody's Catarina Rocha does so as the No. 5 runner in the country, according to MileSplit, Inc. The website, which covers high school cross country and track and field, released its nationwide rankings on Monday, based on 2012 season performances to date (particularly in head-to-head races). MileSplit previously ranked Rocha 23rd in the country before she blew away the rest of the field at the Foot Locker Northeast Championships on Saturday. The Peabody High senior claimed her first northeast title in 17:49.5 and for the third straight year is headed to the national championships in California. She finished 7th last year, earning All-…
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Elite runner Catarina Rocha headed to national championships for third straight year.
Catarina Rocha blew away the field Saturday and heads to the Foot Locker Nationals in California as the Northeast cross country champion. Rocha, a senior at Peabody High, ran off with the title in 17:49.5 at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx, N.Y., a solid 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Megan Curham of Warren, N.J. This was Rocha's third straight appearance in the Foot Locker championship series. Back in 2010, Rocha turned in an impressive 8th place finish in 18:28 and then outdid herself the following year, taking 3rd in 18:20. The Foot Locker 5K race features some of the best high school cross country runners in the country. The top 10 boys and top 10 girls in the seeded races of the regionals then advance to the national finals in San Diego…
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Peabody's Catarina Rocha will compete in her third regional championship Saturday with some of the best high school cross country runners in the northeast.
One last time, Catarina Rocha laces up her racing shoes for the northeast regional Foot Locker Cross Country Championships on Saturday. The Peabody High senior will make her third appearance in as many years at the Foot Locker race since first deciding to trade in her soccer cleats for a pair of running spikes. Rocha turned in an impressive 8th place finish in 18:28 in 2010 and then outdid herself last fall, taking 3rd in 18:20. Rocha just won her second straight Massachusetts title for cross country last Saturday. The Foot Locker 5K race, which features some of the best high school cross country runners in the northeast, takes place in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx section of New York. The girls' seeded race starts at noon on Saturday. …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Catarina Rocha claimed her second straight championship and the girls' team followed her up with a Division I title as well at Northfield Mountain.
Peabody High's Catarina Rocha easily won another state crown Saturday, but that wasn't all, the Lady Tanners took home the team title as well from the All-State Cross Country Meet at Northfield Mountain. Rocha, a senior this year, finished at 18:06, putting about 45 seconds between herself and the runner-up from Acton-Boxboro and claiming her second straight title. Fellow senior Heather MacLean (19:47) and sophomore Lauren Barrett (19:51) then finished 16th and 17th, respectively, giving Peabody a 20-point lead by the time No. 2 and 3 runners from Lincoln-Sudbury and Needham crossed the line. Juniors Sam Allen (49th, 20:25) and Antonia Pagliuca (96th, 21:09) finished the scoring for Peabody at 108 points -- Lincoln-Sudbury ultimately …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Peabody girls finish third and on to All-States behind record-setting pace by senior Catarina Rocha.
Fleet-footed runner Catarina Rocha set a new course record Saturday in Wrentham, just one of two females that day to break 18:00 at the Eastern Mass. Cross Country Championships. Rocha, a senior at Peabody High, grabbed her third straight EMass Division I title, covering the 5K course in 17:27 and leading her team to a third place overall finish. That other speedster was Bishop Feehan's Abby McNulty in 17:54, although she's in Division IV. The runner-up behind Rocha was Rebecca Grusby of Newton South in 18:18. Completing the scoring for the Tanners were Heather MacLean (5th, 18:54), Lauren Barrett (25th, 19:59), Antonia Pagliuca (32nd, 20:11) and Sydney May (54th, 21:17). The team will move on to All-States next Saturday, Nov. 17, at …