Kathleen Young’s big surprise last week happened on the way home from competing in the Futures Elite field hockey championship. The recent Essex High School graduate found out she needed to report back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania — the next day — for USA Field Hockey’s junior national camp.
On Wednesday, the shock came before she left:
Welcome to the team, Kathleen Young.
Scanning Twitter while waiting for her flight home, the two-time Burlington Free Press player of the year discovered her name on the list of 25 players chosen for the United States’ under-19 national team. The announcement was supposed to come Thursday, but the unexpected timing only added to the excitement.
“This is all very new for me,” Young said. “It’s been a distant thing for me, but nothing I thought I’d ever be lucky enough to experience.”
Young’s performance in the week-long Futures camp prompted her selection for one of the 36 U-19 spots in the national camp. From there, after four more days of training, evaluation and film study, the Harvard-bound standout won a spot on the Team USA roster.
“It’s a very elite group of players. I got to play with some very talented students of the game,” Young said. “It took a lot of other peoples’ efforts to get here too, parents, coaches. I really think cross-training helped a lot, not ever getting tired of field hockey. I have such great coaches.”
The details about what the national-team involvement entails were slim as of Thursday, she said, but she knows it could involve significant travel and time commitment from January through May.
“I don’t know what it means right now,” she said. “I’m enjoying the summer, enjoying the moment of this because this is pretty incredible.”
• Russell, Evans qualify for U.S. Amateur: Two Vermont golfers have booked a spot in next month’s U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.
Former Essex standout Evan Russell, the two-time defending Vermont Amateur champion, earned a berth for the national championship for the third straight year Wednesday after taking first in his qualifying event at Glenarbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, New York.
Russell finished an eye-popping 13-under for 36 holes to win by five shots.
Recent Spaulding graduate Troy Evans also medaled in his qualifier at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst, Massachusetts. He ended the day 3-under after rounds of 69 and 68, tying for first and one of the two available spots to advance.
The U.S. Amateur will take place Aug. 17-23.