ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School had the opportunity March 7 to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of one of its top athletes, senior Bridget Doherty, who has the exciting opportunity to continue her academic and athletic career at the University of Rhode Island next year.
“Bridget has given our program a lot to be proud of over the last few years," said Track and Field Coach Derek Bischoff.
With the outdoor season still remaining, Doherty has already been a placewinner at the State Sectional Championships three times, Morris County Championships five times and NJAC Conference Championships three times.
“As a member of the Spring Medley Relay and 4x400 Meter Relay teams, she helped set the fastest time run by any school in Morris County history," noted the coach. "She has won multiple Morris County and State Sectional Championships as a member of those relay teams as well as the 4x200 Meter Relay.”
During her junior season, Doherty led off the Sprint Medley Relay team that won the Group 3 State Championship. She has competed at the four Indoor and Outdoor National Championships.
For all the success Doherty has experienced on the track team, it wasn’t planned. “As a freshman, I never expected to join the track team," she said. "However, to stay in shape for soccer, I decided to join. Little did I know it would change my whole high school experience.”
Her success at running provided her the ability to see a little of this great country. “Track has allowed me the opportunity to compete at the UPenn relays, Nationals in North Carolina and at the Armory in New York City,” said Doherty.
Doherty’s accomplishments reach beyond the track. She has also shown herself to be a leader.
“Above all the accomplishments, Bridget has been a great leader in our program," said Bischoff. "She has been an incredible example of resilience, determination and competitiveness. Those qualities are what make Bridget special, not her accomplishments. I feel very fortunate to have been able to witness these things on a daily basis. Without a doubt, her competitiveness and toughness have played a huge role in her earning the opportunity to compete at the Division 1 level.”
Doherty, to a degree, agrees. “Track has shown me that in order to be successful, I have to push myself past my limits,” she said, acknowledging, though, that she couldn’t have done it alone.
“I’d like to thank Coach Bischoff who has been nothing but supportive, encouraging and patient. Overall, it has opened up so many doors for me, challenged me and rewarded me. It will be hard to leave this all behind, but I’m excited to see what else I can do at the University of Rhode Island.”
Although Doherty will graduate in June, she will leave a legacy. “I can proudly say I’m leaving Roxbury High School with two banners in the gym with my name on them. I would have never thought that would happen, but I would never trade those four years and seven seasons for anything.”
“We are certain that Bridget will continue to be a great representation of our program, our school, and our community as she embarks on this next chapter of her life," said the coach. "We are extremely proud of her and are excited to see what she will accomplish at the University of Rhode Island."
Bridget Doherty’s Track and Field Accomplishments so far include:
- 3 x State Sectional Championship Placewinner
- 5 x Morris County Championship Placewinner
- 3 x NJAC Conference Placewinner
- Relay Team Member (4x400 Meter Relay & Sprint Medley Relay)
- 3 x Morris County Champions
- 6 x Morris County Relay Champions
- 3 x State Sectional Champions
- Group 3 State Champions
- 4 x 1st Team All-County
- 2 x NJ State Place Winners
- 6 x Morris County Placewinners
- 4 x National Qualifier
- #9 in the United States
- 6 School Records