Former Mustang Larrabee no one-trick ponyMount View graduate now flies like Eagle in three sports for Husson University
Bangor — Mount View High School graduate Chrissy Larrabee was more than a one-trick pony for the Mustangs, as she excelled in field hockey, basketball and outdoor track and field prior to graduation in 2010.
Three-sport athletes typically do not continue in that mode at the collegiate level. The more intensive year-round athletic training and rigorous workload in the classroom — not to mention the social aspect — more often than not make that an impossible schedule to juggle.
However, Larrabee, a sophomore physical therapy major at Husson University in Bangor, is clearly one of the exceptions to the rule.
Larrabee, a Brooks resident, participated in field hockey and outdoor track last season for the Eagles and this year will return to the hardwood for basketball as well, making her one of the only three-sport athletes for the Division III school.
Larrabee earned All-State status in field hockey, was second on the basketball team in scoring and excelled in the 800 and 1,600 meters, in addition to being part of the team's 4x100-meter relay team, at Mount View her senior year.
As a freshman in college, Larrabee was approached by longtime Husson women's coach Kissy Walker about playing basketball for the Eagles, but decided not to with an already seemingly full plate on her schedule.
This year, Walker approached Larrabee again, and the former Mustang jumped at the opportunity to again play hoops.
"This year our numbers are down so I spoke with her about it again," said Walker. "I told her I wanted her to be a defensive specialist, or defensive stopper."
"I really missed [basketball] from high school," said Larrabee. "I'd played every year since second grade and that's the first sport I started playing. Not playing last year was really tough. I only went to [watch] one game last year because it was tough to watch knowing I could have been out there."
Walker said Larrabee "just joined last week" but plans to "really work with her defensively so she can take some tough assignments."
"She is a great kid, very coachable so far and a good student," said the veteran coach.
Larrabee, who had a 3.9 grade-point average at Husson last year, said she is not worried by the extra workload.
"I tend to not really know what to do with myself and procrastinate way too much when I don't have things to do," she said. "Being busy definitely helps me."
On the collegiate field hockey pitch, Larrabee played in 19 games as a sophomore, scoring five goals on 23 shots and also added two assists as the Eagles reached the North Atlantic Conference title game.
She logged no official statistics as a freshman last season, but her sensational play in the midfield had her named to the NAC All-Tournament team as she helped the Eagles secure their third straight conference championship.
Larrabee said the pace of the game and the opponent's talent were the greatest differences in making the jump from high school to college field hockey.
"If there are any girls that have played in the [high school] All-State game at Colby [College] at the end of the season, it's like that every game," she said. "It's awesome."
"Her role changed from last year to this year," said Husson field hockey coach Jennifer Johnstone. "Last year she played in the midfield for us, but this year saw time on the forward line. Her speed is her greatest asset to the game of field hockey."
The fleet-footed Larrabee utilized those talents in outdoor track as well, as she did previously at Mount View, competing in both 800 and 1,500 meters. She ran the 800 in 2:30.33 and the 1,500 in 5:03.88, both personal bests.
Track coach Christopher Wood said Larrabee "was a tremendous surprise for us last year" and "is both highly motivated and gifted in endurance events."
"Chrissy should shatter those personal records this year and be close to DIII New England qualifying standards," said Wood.
Larrabee said the collegiate track meets are "massive" as opposed to high school, where anywhere from four to six teams would comprise a meet.
"The first meet we went to last season there were 29 other teams," she said.
The track training season starts in January, but Larrabee will not be able to join the team until mid-February due to her participation on the basketball team.
Clearly, at this point, Larrabee will have no trouble staying busy.
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