Kimberly Bresnahan - 2002 Inductee
At Fitchburg State College, both the men's and the women's cross country and track and field programs have a long history of outstanding performances. Only one athlete has earned All-American status in cross country. That athlete is Kim Bresnahan.
Bresnahan burst onto the college running scene and remained a fixture at the top for four years in both cross country and track and field. In cross country she was the only female athlete to win three consecutive (1986-1988) Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) individual championships. She helped lead the Falcons to a MASCAC team title all three seasons. Her 1986 championship began a string of five consecutive times an FSC runner took home the MASCAC title while Fitchburg was the host school for the championship (1986, 1989, 1992, 1995 and 1998). Bresnahan's crowning moment as a cross country runner came in 1987 when she earned All-American honors following her outstanding performance at the NCAA National Championship Meet. Bresnahan continued an outstanding cross country career in 1988 when she qualified for the national meet for a second straight year.
When the fall ended each season, Bresnahan headed from the courses of cross country to the Elliot Field track. For Bresnahan, the honors and titles continued to pour in. She became FSC's school record holder in two events. Her time of 10:24.99 became the school standard in the 3,000 meter run while she set the school mark in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 17:43.78. She was a two-time event qualifier for the NCAA National Championship meet. Although there were not enough MASCAC teams to crown a league team champion during Bresnahan's tenure, she and her teammates help set the groundwork for six consecutive MASCAC team titles beginning in 1991.