Track (In & Out)
Eileen Murphy Flannery
Class of 1978
As you stand in front of the board that holds all of the school athletic records outside the upper gym there is one person whose name repeatedly jumps out at you. Not only because she holds more that one record but because, her records have been held for twenty years.
Eileen Murphy Flannery graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School in 1978. In her four years at CCHS, Eileen was a 5 time MVP, 4 time captain, 4 time DCL champion, held 5 school records (4 of which still remain) and was named Senior Girl Athlete at graduation.
In field hockey Eileen was a two year varsity starter and the only sophomore to make varsity in 1975. In 1977 she was named captain and MVP. In the same year she also was a Middlesex News and Lowell Sun All-Star.
Indoor track and field teams were lead to DCL championships by Eileen Murphy. The '75-'76 teams were undefeated champions. She set the Fresh - Soph and school record in the 600 at 1:13.5. In the '77-78 season she was the team's highest scorer and MVP. Her mile relay team was the DCL champion, finished 5th in the state and captured another school record with a time of 4:20.9.
In '75 the team was DCL champions and she was a member of the DCL sprint medley relay champions. The team repeated DCL champions in '76. Murphy was named team MVP, was DCL champion in the 440, set the existing school and Fresh-Soph record in the 440 (1:01.3) and set the Fresh-Soph (now 2nd) school record in the javelin. As captain of the undefeated 1977 girls team, Murphy was again named MVP and her mile relay team set the existing school record, breaking the mark of the team she was also on.
In her senior year Murphy was named captain and MVP. She broke her own school record in the javelin (101'7") (now 2nd) and ran in the second fastest (now 3rd) 880 in school history.
After graduating from CCHS she went on to Westfield State College graduating in the class of 1982. Eileen was an amazing athlete at college as well. She played defense, halfback, in field hockey for 4 years, 3 of which were spent on varsity. She was the team captain and named the MVP. The team was 3rd in the NCAA Tourney and captured third place in the Division III Championships in 1981, her senior year. She also participated in track for 4 years setting a record in the 800m and was named MVP as a junior.
Flannery was recently named DCL's girls' track Coach of the Year at Acton-Boxborough High School where she has been teaching health and physical education since 1988. The Lowell Sun also named her Coach of the year in girl's track for the second year in a row. In 1987-88 she was named Division II girl's track Coach of the Year by the State Track Coaches Association, while coaching at Lincoln-Sudbury and leading the team to two league championships.
Eileen is now married to Kevin Flannery, a fellow Concordian and graduate of Tabor Academy and Norwich University. He is a contractor, yet still finds time to help Eileen out with her coaching during the summer. One thing Flannery says she will always remember is "the camaraderie on all the teams I played on." CCHS will always remember her too.