Seated L-R: Mary Pitruzzello and Megan Parker
Standing L-R: Athletic Director, Tim Kohs; William and Kathleen Pitruzello; Sr. Mary McCarthy, RSM, President of Mercy High School; Craig Parker and Kathryn Parker
Mercy’s Track and Field Athletes sign National Letters of Intent
Mercy’s track and field athletes Megan Parker and Mary Pitruzello signed national letters of intent in front of family, friends and classmates at Mercy High School on Thursday, April 27th.
Megan, daughter of Kathryn Parker of East Haddam and Craig Parker of East Hampton, CT, will be attending Bryant University, Division I, located in Smithfield, RI. “I chose Bryant because of the atmosphere of the school. I felt very comfortable on campus; and it has a reputation for being one of the best business schools in New England. I knew I would enjoy being on their track and field team. I already love my team and coaches for next year! The team is warm and friendly; they made me feel like family even before I committed. Last summer I was coached by Bryant’s track coach at a summer camp I attended. Mercy’s coaches have been very supportive throughout this whole process. And, Bryant’s team was especially supportive, too. They’re my backbone and my family. Everyone on the team is one of the reasons I want to continue my track career; I can’t wait to see where they continue their athletic careers,” stated Megan.
Since her freshwoman year, Megan has attended the SCC’s for throwing the javelin in outdoor track. Sophomore and Junior year she placed sixth in SCC West, moving on to the championship and making States. Last year she threw a personal record of 102 feet for javelin. Megan also throws the shotput. Coach Charles Kuhn remarked, “On a daily basis Megan brings a pleasant demeanor and strong work ethic to all practices and meets as a member of Mercy’s Track and Field Team. Megan excels as a javelin thrower and has shown a steady growth as an athlete the past year. With Megan, I’ve had the pleasure to coach a very conscientious and affable athlete who possesses a “no excuses” attitude. She always works hard to achieve better performances. She has also been a positive influence and solid role model for other members of the Mercy track team.
Megan’s athletic and academic prowess will undoubtedly serve her well and shine brightly when she enters the college world at Bryant.”
Megan’s mother, Kathryn Parker quickly added, “I am really proud of my daughter. She has been working hard these past four years and I will be excited to watch her throw at Bryant!”
Mary Pitruzello will be attending Division ll Stonehill College in Easton, MA. Mary chose Stonehill because of its great academics, athletics, and its overall friendly atmosphere. “Stonehill College has an excellent track team and coaching staff. It fosters a close-knit team that strives to bring out the best in their athletes. Stonehill embodies the community and excellence that I was looking for in a track team – like the qualities I found at Mercy.
“When I look back at my four years, I will never forget how welcoming the Mercy track community was to me. Coming from a small middle school, I had not been exposed to talking to many people until I made the track team. I have gained close relationships with my teammates and coaches and will never forget the happy memories that we created together. I am glad to be a part of the Mercy community,” stated Mary.
For the past four years, Mary has participated in Varsity throwing events: specifically, the shot put, discus, and hammer. “I am thrilled to say that I was part of Mercy’s history for being on Mercy’s first state championship Track and Field Team,” commented Mary.
Mary placed top ten in the State Opens for shot put her junior year and placed among the top ten in the SCC for the shot put since her sophomore year.
Mary’s mother reacted, “Mary has worked very hard for this moment; often driving two hours per day to attend her second practice and weight training. Mary persevered through weekends and summers for four years. Her goal has been to compete on the collegiate level on a great women's throwing team. Stonehill is the perfect fit for Mary.”
Coach Kuhn stated, “In just the one year I’ve had the privilege to coach Mary Pitruzzello on the Mercy track and field team, I have seen a young woman mature both as an athlete and a person. Aside from being an accomplished thrower, both in the shot put and discus, Mary’s leadership skills and friendly personality make her a pleasure to coach. The consummate professional, she exudes a quiet confidence and is a wonderful influence, especially to younger members of the team. Others look up to her for guidance and direction, and she’s always willing to give them help.
Mary is an extremely bright, diligent and committed athlete who will no doubt do well at the next level, both as an athlete and in the classroom.”
Mary is the daughter of William and Kathleen Pitruzzello of Hebron, CT.