Loryn Canty, a 16-year-old Junior at Hopkinton High School, is an exceptional young person who leaves a mark wherever she goes. With her outstanding academic achievements, impressive work ethic, and athletic abilities, Loryn is an inspiration to many.
Her passion for sports began with her mother’s experience of running her first marathon. She was moved by the camaraderie and teamwork she witnessed when her mom ran the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon – especially the kindness shown by an elderly female runner who helped her mom finish the race when she hit the proverbial “wall.” She wanted to participate in sports because she liked the universal concept that, regardless of who you are, we all work together to achieve the same goal of reaching the finish line.
This past winter, Loryn decided to try indoor track. With no formal training, she had an impressive season. She participated in the 55 meter dash, posting a blistering time of 7.52, and as a member of the 4×2 relay team, which earned her a spot at the state and national championships. Soon, she realized how much she enjoyed track and field and decided to do outdoor track this season. During this season, she ran the 100 meter in an impressive 12.4 seconds, earning her a spot on the prestigious Nike National competition in Oregon. Her achievements in shot put and as a member of the 4×1 relay team (also qualifying for nationals), are noteworthy.
“Loryn has fit into this team seamlessly,” said Hillers head coach Jean Cann. “She’s clearly very talented but she doesn’t just rely on that. She works hard on the track, in the weight room, and in the shot circle to make herself an even better athlete – whether it’s using starting blocks, getting her relay handoffs just right, or progressing with different shot put techniques. On top of all that, she is supportive of her teammates and very kind and respectful. We got a gem!”
But for Loryn, winning is not the only goal. She’s committed to achieving personal records (PRs) and improving her own times with each and every race. She’s an inspiration to athletes and non-athletes alike, reminding us all that it’s important to focus on self-improvement and continuous growth rather than just the outcome of a competition.
Loryn’s commitment to her athletic pursuits is truly remarkable, given her busy schedule with AP classes and a part-time job. Her outlook on balance is equally compelling. In a world where it’s all too easy to overextend ourselves, Loryn recognizes the importance of finding equilibrium in her daily pursuits. She is a remarkably talented and multifaceted young individual who sets the bar for excellence in all her pursuits.
With her strong work ethic, commitment to learning, ability to find balance in her life, and relentless passion for teamwork, Loryn serves as a role model to her peers, teammates, and community. As she continues to explore her potential and develop her talents, there is no doubt that she will continue to make an impact and leave an indelible mark on the world around her, both on and off the track.
Dr. Maria Bendeck is a board-certified internal medicine physician, freelance writer, world traveler, avid marathon runner, and community builder. She believes in embracing life to the fullest by exploring new places, helping others, and empowering people through writing.