LITTLETON -- There was a time when soccer was the No. 1 sport on Sarah and Kaitlyn Roffman’s radar.
A long time, actually.
The twins from Littleton started playing soccer at 4 years old and loved it. They were midfielders and formed aspirations of making the varsity team as freshmen at Littleton High School.
With a void to fill in their athletic calendar in the winter of their eighth-grade year, Sarah and Kaitlyn decided to try their luck at indoor track. Hey, at the very least, it would help ready their conditioning for soccer in the fall.
“A close friend of ours said to us at the time, ‘You know, you’re not doing anything this winter, why don’t you do indoor track?’ On a whim, I was like ‘Yeah, I’m not doing a winter sport, I guess I should,’ ” recalled Sarah.
Added Kaitlyn, “It was all for trying to make varsity soccer as a freshmen. That was the whole entire idea.”
That spontaneous decision proved to be an excellent one by the Roffmans. They showed enormous promise as runners and gradually learned it was time for soccer to take a back seat to running. They became year-round runners as juniors last fall, giving up soccer in favor of cross country.
They’re now seniors and two of the best cross country runners in the area. Both were Sun All-Stars last fall and Roffman was The Sun’s Runner of the Year.
“They are just extremely talented runners,” said Littleton cross country coach Marc Saucier, who has been coaching the Roffmans since they started training with the Littleton track program in eighth grade. “Not only are they tremendously talented, they’re really good kids. They’re smart, they’re captains.”
Sarah was the Mid-Wach D champ and the Division 2 All-State champion last year, clocking in with a time of 18 minutes, 12.40 seconds at the Wrentham course. She was also unbeaten in the regular season in 2017 and finished 13th at the Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego.
Kaitlyn admits she isn’t the risk taker that Sarah is, but her résumé is also quite impressive. She finished second to Sarah in every dual meet last year, as well as at the Mid-Wach D championship meet and the Frank Kelley Invitational.
“Sophomore year, we were both on the fence about leaving soccer,” said Kaitlyn. “But we both knew that running was going to be the thing that we do in college. I jumped on board after my indoor season as a sophomore. Sarah was a little more tentative.”
Said Sarah, “I was a little hesitant but I knew in the long run if I’m going to be doing this in college, then I should give it a whirl. Definitely after junior year we were certain that we made the right decision.”
The Roffmans are seriously looking at Ivy League schools. The chance to combine Division 1 athletics with elite academics is enticing to them. They are both members of National Honor Society and say they have identical GPAs.
The sisters enjoy skiing and golfing. They like similar music and movies and share the same group of friends. They’re almost inseparable, and have played imperative roles in each other’s development as a runner.
“In practice, we stay together and always make sure we’re finishing repeats together,” said Kaitlyn. “By nature, we’re not that competitive with each other.”
Sarah then chimes in: “We’re definitely competitive by nature, just not with each other. So that’s convenient in workouts and stuff -- sticking together and hitting our times. We help each other get through that, and it makes us better.”
Sarah holds school records in the 1,000-meter, the mile (indoor and outdoor) and the two-mile (indoor and outdoor). She’s even performed well at faster races like the 400 and 800. Kaitlyn marvels at her sister’s versatility.
Sarah and Kaitlyn have also teamed up as part of multiple record-holding relay teams at the school.
“Running can get tedious,” said Saucier. “They always have somebody to run with, bounce ideas off of, talk to -- so it’s really a very supportive relationship.”
The Roffmans know that at some point they’ll have to separate. But because of their mutual interests, they believe there’s a good chance they’ll end up at the same college.
However, if that happens, they don’t intend to room together.
“We’ve gotta set the cap somewhere,” joked Sarah
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