CHASE YOUR DREAMS — Chad Maloy is pictured, running in a cross-country race at Canisius. The Springville-Griffith Institute graduate is the Golden Griffins’ top runner. Photo by Tom Wolf Imaging.
BUFFALO — The Springville-Griffith Institute High School lobby sports a record board, for visitors, parents and students to peruse.
Included on that board are the school’s highest-ranked track and field athletes, who have been recognized for breaking school records, in that sport.
The name that appears on that list most often is 2011 S-GI graduate Chad Maloy’s, who holds eight school records.
Maloy spent his high school career as a year-round distance runner. After his 2011 graduation, he went on to compete at Canisius College. When the school year started, in the fall, Maloy ran cross-country.
Back in 1996, the S-GI varsity football team won a state championship, with a 9 – 0 win, against Ravena of Albany County.
The 13 – 0 “dream season” marked the only state championship that Springville had under its belt, until 2010, when Maloy came into the picture.
The athlete won the state crown in cross-country, as a senior, with a winning time of 16.16.3, 15 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
That fifteen seconds allowed Maloy to gain a distance equivalent to the length of a football field.
Maloy began running track when he was in seventh grade.
“I’d say the biggest secret he had, was he did every, single workout that was asked,” Maloy’s high school cross-country coach, Chad Russell, said.
“It’s called determination; to just be persistent. He just continually did each workout. If he was asked to run 30 miles a week, he would run 30. If he was asked to run 40 miles, he would run 40.
“Slowly, over six years, he gradually kept increasing, in what he was able to do, and, by the time he became a junior, he started to become something special,” the coach added. “Finally, when he was a senior, he was able to do great things. [Head Coach Joe] Marvin was able to work with him, in indoor and outdoor. I worked with him, in cross-country and, basically, he kept doing what was asked of him.”
Springville’s cross-country program was reestablished five years ago, after a 20-year hiatus, allowing Maloy three years of experience, participating in cross-country.
Maloy also left his mark on S-GI in indoor track, as well as outdoor. When the snow came, Maloy ran indoor track, in which he set school records, in the 1,600-meter and 3,000-meter and anchored the record-setting 4-by-800 team.
In outdoor track, he set records in the mile, 2-mile and steeple chase and anchored the 2-mile relay. During his state championship run in cross-country, he also set the school’s 5K record.
Maloy is now a sophomore at Canisius College, where he said he has made major strides, from a year ago.
“I’ve just been staying focused, doing the workouts that coach has had me doing,” he said. “That’s really been the main key; just staying focused, doing the workouts [and] getting into the weight room when I can and just staying on top of things.”
While in high school, the athlete ran mostly 5K events, but, in college, he runs primarily 8Ks, as well as a 10K.
As soon as Maloy stepped foot onto the Canisius campus, as a freshman, he began pulling ahead, in Golden Griffin sports.
At the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I northeast regional cross-country championships, Maloy was one of 50 freshmen that competed in the meet, which hosted more than 200 runners, in the available events.
His freshman campaign included being the Griffins’ top finisher, in each of their seven races.
“We don’t have a lot of rest, in between workouts. It’s a lot more challenging,” Maloy said.
“I have more guys with me, back at school, working out with me. I didn’t really have a certain group to run with [in high school], but now I have guys’ pushing me and I’m always pushing for the extra effort. We get our nice days off, but it’s good to have people to run with.”
While competing as a freshman at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships, Maloy finished 15th out of the 130 runner field. He then finished 40th among 255 runners, at the National Catholic Championships, which were hosted by the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Ind.
“He’s not afraid of anything. He’ll go out and run as hard as I tell him to,” said Coach Nate Huckle, about the athlete’s drive to succeed in his sport.
“He’s not afraid of anyone, at the Division 1 level. He’s just going to compete, to the best of his ability. He has some lofty goals and I agree with some of the goals he’s setting, for himself.”
This is Huckle’s first year heading up the Canisius cross-country program.
According to the coach, Maloy has made “significant strides,” since the two first met, at the end of Maloy’s freshman year.
Last September, Maloy was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s cross-country performer of the week.
The S-GI grad led the Golden Griffins to their seventh, straight team title, at the Little Three cross-country championships.
The runner accomplished that for the second year in a row, as he also won the individual title, as a freshman.
At the National Catholic championships, Maloy came in 19th, finishing 21 spots ahead of his freshman finish.
During the last NCAA East Regional, Maloy shaved 2.54.00 off his time from a year ago, improving his finish from 157th to 57th, out of 239 runners.
As a current college sophomore, Maloy holds claim to the sixth fastest time on the 8K course, in his school’s history, following his performance at the National Catholic championships.
“The big thing [about Chad] is his consistency and his work ethic,” Huckle said.
“He’s willing to put the work in, day in and day out, which is what you really need to do, to be a successful distance runner.
“He will go out and do whatever I tell him to,” the coach added. “His flaw has never been that he’s not will to work hard enough. The big thing that he has made progress, over the past year, is his patience.
“He has really listened to me and been patient, with his development, and he’s actually backed off his intensity, sometimes, on some of his easier runs. He had a really big jump in cross-country, just because he was more focused. He took that dedication and hard work ethic and just tuned it in a little, adding some patience into it.”
Maloy’s younger sister McKenzie is a freshman at S-GI and is a three-sport distance runner.
As an eighth grader, the freshman athlete was a first team all-star selection. As she continues her running career, the athlete will look to write her own story, with the time she has remaining, in high school in Springville.
Chad and McKenzie Maloy join their older sisters, Ashley and Magen and their younger, brother Harley. The siblings are the children of Mike and Mary Beth Maloy.