Alumnae Cassie Bloch '14 and Elizabeth Bloch '14 to be inducted into the Catholic League Hall of Fame
Regina High School is proud to announce 2014 graduates Cassie and Elizabeth Bloch will both be members of the Catholic League Hall of Fame’s 2019 Induction Class for their impressive athletic and academic careers at Regina and then at their respective universities.
Cassie continued her running career at Loyola University Chicago. In her 2017 season, Cassie earned All-Missouri Valley Conference Selection where she placed 3rd in the indoor mile and 3rd in the outdoor 1500m. In 2018, she earned All-Missouri Valley Conference Selection for her 1st place finish in the indoor mile. Cassie has also earned academic honors, including, All-MVC Scholar-Athlete 2017 Indoor and Outdoor, All-MVC Scholar Athlete 2018 Indoor and Outdoor, and USTFCCCA All-Academic Indoor 2018. Cassie currently holds the 3rd best 1500m time at Loyola, as well as the 2nd best mile time following another Regina/Loyola alumna, Gina Valgoi ’09.
Elizabeth continued her running career at Michigan Tech University. In her 2018 season, she set a school record in the 1500-meter run and in the 800 run, a record she had previously beaten in the 2016 season. She claimed the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in the 1500 run and finished third in the 800, thus earning first and third-team all GLIAC Honors. Her performance earned her a spot at the 2018 NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships where she finished just shy of a spot in the 1500 run finals.
Both Cassie and Liz credit their student-athlete experience at Regina and, most importantly, the lessons taught by their coaches, for preparing them to run at the collegiate level. Liz explained that Coach Gregg, Coach Becky, Coach Dunn and Coach Valgoi taught the team to enjoy their training, but more importantly, to work as a team. Liz continued, “The camaraderie present on the cross country team at Regina was so special…Although focus was on developing us as athletes, [the coaching staff] stressed the importance of performing academically, which has been important in my experience at MTU. Having balanced a challenging academic load with an athletic career at Regina helped me to transition more smoothly into my career at MTU.”
Cassie added, “Running cross country and track at Regina really shaped me into the person that I am today. It was an environment where hard work was expected, but loving what we were doing was the most important part. Under the guidance of the coaching staff, a group of girls could come together and be a part of something that was much bigger than we were individually. It helped keep things in perspective when a race seemed scary or stressful. When it came down to it, we were just a group of friends that loved running together. Not every season went as expected, but my time running at Regina taught me to be patient and always work hard.”
Not only did Cassie credit the coaching staff at Regina, but also previous Regina runners, like Gina Valgoi, for adding additional inspiration. “Alumna Gina Valgoi was a perfect example of how hard work could take you to a level that you never thought you could get to when you trusted the process and put in the miles. The way that our coaches supported us and made sure that we found the joy in pushing ourselves really helped me prepare for college. I left Regina with a love for running and a strong appreciate for the hard work that goes into it. I struggled to run well my first two years at Loyola, but I held onto my love for running and the mindset that patience and hard work would eventually pay off. I was lucky enough to see my work pay off, but even if it hadn’t, the greatest thing that I have left college with is a true love for the sport and the people involved!”
Cassie and Liz both still hold records at Regina for track and cross country. Liz and Cassie were both part of the 4x400 relay team, and Cassie currently still holds the fastest 800m time and the fastest 5k time.
Liz graduated from MTU in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering and is currently working on her Master’s Degree. She has recently accepted a job at Plexus Corp. and will move to Neenah, Wisconsin, following graduation. Cassie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from Loyola and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Medical Sciences from Boston University while also applying to medical school.
Lastly, we asked both Cassie and Liz how they felt about receiving the news that not only would they be inducted into the Catholic League Hall of Fame, but they would be inducted together. Liz stated that “sharing this with Cassie is so special. We have had so many struggles and triumphs in running together, so to be able to share this with her means the world.”
Cassie also answered, “One of my favorite things about running in college was being able to share the experience with my sister! We ran similar events in high school, but she always more of the speed and I was a little bit more middle to longer distance. Our sophomore year of college, I had been struggling to run faster than I had in high school and Liz was starting to have the breakthrough she had been working towards for years. It was almost like she knew that I was struggling and it was time for her to take the lead to pull us both forward. Her sophomore season she ran a huge personal best in the 800m and was reaching uncharted territory. Our junior year, she was out with a stress fracture and I now had to take the lead to pull us forward. Inspired by her success, my times started to drop junior year. One of the coolest things was sharing our senior year. We were both healthy and running faster than we had ever run. We have been competitive throughout the years, but I want nothing more than for her to be as successful as she can be. Our love for running is one of the greatest things that we get to share, beyond high school and college. Liz has inspired me time and time again with her hard work and tenacity. Being able to share this with her after seeing how hard she has worked is a great honor. As far as receiving this honor goes, it is truly a reflecting of the people that have supported me along the way: my parents, my sisters Anna and Liz, coaches, and teammates. They are the reason that I love the sport. Their support has given me confidence in myself and has pushed me to set high goals and work hard in pursuit of them, in running and in life.”
Cassie is ironically not only sharing this honor with her sister but also with her college roommate and teammate, Divine Child alumna, Lindsey Brewis. “Lindsey was a teammate to me even when we were running against each other in high school. She would cheer me on while we were racing and understood that this sport is about finding something better in yourself, not just winning.”
Athletic Director Diane Laffey was also proud to hear that both Cassie and Liz would be inducted this year. “Cassie and Lizzie were outstanding students and athletes at Regina. It is a great honor that they are being inducted into the CHSL Hall of Fame at the same time.”
Cassie and Liz will follow in several other Saddlelites’ footsteps who have also been inducted into the Hall of Fame. To see a complete list of inductees, please visit the Catholic League’s website: http://chsl.com/hall-of-fame/. This year’s Induction Banquet will be held on Monday, June 10th, 2019, at Fern Hill Golf and Country Club beginning at 5:00pm.