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Senior track runner Gabe Cuffey ranks No. 1 in PA and No. 16 in the U.S for 800m.

Senior Gabe Cuffey takes the lead in the 800-meter race at the Ocean Breeze Invitational, securing his win.

At the Ocean Breeze Invitational, Senior Gabe Cuffey’s 1:54.70 victory in the 800-meter race not only earned him the top spot in Pennsylvania and a national ranking of Number 16 for that event but also shattered Archbishop Carroll’s 800m record. Following this success, his performance at the Philadelphia Catholic League Championships, where  clockehed 1:55.99 and secured another first-place finish, Cuffey further solidified his dominance in the 800m.

Imagine being just a little kid, around six or seven years old, and feeling the thrill of running. Back then, Cuffey was torn between basketball and track, but as he grew up, track won his heart. When exploring his love for running, it often revolved around the inspiration he received from someone who was his influence to begin the sport.

“I wanted to start running track because I was watching the Olympics in 2008 and I saw Usain Bolt,” said Cuffey. “I was inspired and wanted to start because of him.” 

Though he hasn’t picked a college yet, he knows he’ll keep running wherever he goes.

“I feel better knowing that running is a part of my routine,” said Cuffey.

Cuffey explained his gratitude for the people who have helped to guide him during his years in track.

“God, my mom, dad, family, friends, and coaches have impacted my life the most,” said Cuffey.

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    Richard C StephensFeb 28, 2024 at 9:05 am

    Dear Mia Sottovia,
    My name is Richard C. Stephens, class of 1973; I held the records in the 440-yard dash 49.2 and 880-yard dash 1:55.4 when I left Carroll. Please understand that these races are a little shorter when measured in meters. Stoval in the 400 meters:48.7 and Cuffey in the 800 meters, 1:54.7, ran shorter distances, yet their times are fractions of a second faster, and my records were set over 50 years ago when spikes and running surfaces were very different. In good humor, Cuffey will most likely shatter my record outdoors, so you are a little premature. Please contact Coach Steve French if you want to know anything about my running time at Carroll. It’s a good article and picture! Imagine the 1973 yearbook has no event action pictures, and also, you most likely did not know what the old record was or who set it when writing your Article. Wonder why? By the way, I attended LaSalle University on a full athletic scholarship and was All IC4A’s and 1975 East Coast Conference 440 Champion. Retired United States Marine
    Rich Stephens