SENIOR ATHLETE REFLECTION: Seniors reflect on girls’ outdoor track at Algonquin

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Photo Rudy Utzschneider

As she looks at the runners ahead of her, senior Allison Subat finds a comfortable pace at a cross country meet last season.

These interviews were done remotely due to COVID-19 precautions.

Because of the cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season, senior athletes reflected on the best moments from their time playing their sport at Algonquin.

 

Allison Subat:

What are you most proud of from your time doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I am most proud of pushing through all of my breathing issues and still doing pretty well.”

What will you miss most from doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I will miss the family that we had within the team. I knew that there were always girls that would support me when I was having a rough day.”

What is your favorite memory of outdoor track at Algonquin?

“My favorite memory is probably me and Kaitlyn Desio singing Dora the Explorer before every meet last year, just because we could.”

 

Senior Julia Kardos (right) poses with her sister Olivia Kardos after winning the indoor track and field District championship. (Submitted Julia Kardos)

Julia Kardos:

What are you most proud of from your time doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I would say my proudest moment in outdoor track was getting my mile PR last spring (5:27). I had been working my time down all season and finally breaking 5:30 at the State Quals meet made me feel super accomplished. I was rewarded with the biggest headache of my life, but I felt amazing after!”

What will you miss most from doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“What I will miss most about track at Algonquin is definitely the team. Girls team, boys team, coaches, everyone. When you do a sport, practice takes up most of your social life, and I’ve never had so many friends in one place. They made training fun and were always there to motivate me.”

What is your favorite memory of outdoor track at Algonquin?

“My favorite memory? I thought about this one a lot, but I’d have to settle on one of my races back in freshman year. I had just hit a big PR and said “What the actual heck?!” after I crossed the finish line. The team thought it was hilarious, so I got a superlative at the banquet for the best catchphrase.”

 

Sara Prendergast:

Looking toward the finish line, senior Sara Prendergast focuses on passing her opponents in an outdoor track meet last season. (Photo Jeff Slovin)

What are you most proud of from your time doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“Looking back on my career in track, I think I am most proud of how far I have come as an athlete from first starting and how much I have learned which has contributed to my accomplishments.”

What will you miss most from doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I will miss my teammates the most and the comradery aspect of the team. Track is unique because you gain a lot of respect for people who compete in a variety of events and it’s a supportive environment.”

What is your favorite memory of outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I think my favorite memory from track at Algonquin was when the distance runners ran a mile time trial at the end of the season and everyone ran either a season beat or close to!”

 

Liz Devarney:

What are you most proud of from your time doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I am most proud of the accomplishments that I have made over the years. I am a 4-year varsity track and field member and have been to the district relays and district qualifiers the last three years. Last year I also made it to the state qualifying meet.” 

What will you miss most from doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I miss the people and the activities the most. All the throwers on track and field are like a family, and it is strange that we are not able to be together. It was always an adventure over at the throwing circles, lots of jokes and fooling around. But we also were always there to help each other out, and teach each other how to do something new or improve.”

What is your favorite memory of outdoor track at Algonquin?

“Last year I was able to compete in the weighmans pentathalon (5-event meet – shotput, discus, javelin, 100m, 200m). Coach B took 7 throwers to the meet and we spent almost all day participating in each event. When I say all day I mean ALL DAY. We got there before lunch and left after midnight. I remember running my final 200m race in the dark, which was honestly a ton of fun. When we got home I believe it was around 12:30, and little did we know that the backpacks that we left in the school were locked in.”

 

Alumna Tess Reyes and seniors Karmyn Shreeve and Kathryn McCarthy pose on a swing at an invitational cross country meet at Amherst college during the 2018 season. (Submitted Kathryn McCarthy)

Kathryn McCarthy: 

What are you most proud of from your time doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I am proud that I can say that I gave my best at every race we had while I raced for Algonquin. That hard work paid off!”

What will you miss most from doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I will miss the people and the camaraderie that I found within the team.”

What is your favorite memory of outdoor track at Algonquin?

“My favorite memory has to be how good it felt to take the bus home after a big win. The entire team would play music and sing. Also running to Trombettas after our track workouts for ice cream!”

 

Patricia Biamou:

What are you most proud of from your time doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“Making it to district meets.”

What will you miss most from doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I’ll miss the people on the team the most.”

What is your favorite memory of outdoor track at Algonquin?

“At a freshman year meet at Shepherd Hill it was pouring rain so we had to stay inside for a little and then go outside when it stopped.”

 

Hadley Schaufeld:

Senior Hadley Schaufeld sprints the home stretch of her race at a home meet against Wachusett last season. (Photo Jay Schaufeld)

What are you most proud of from your time doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I am proud of how well the team supports each other.”

What will you miss most from doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I will miss being part of a team because I will not be competing next year.”

What is your favorite memory of outdoor track at Algonquin?

“My favorite memory of track is the bus rides going to away meets and just being with the girls.”

 

Senior Karmyn Shreeve works her way up a tough hill at an invitational cross country meet. (Photo Rudy Utzschneider)

Karmyn Shreeve:

What are you most proud of from your time doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I am most proud of how much I’ve improved and coming in 5th at Districts for Cross Country. I never thought that I would be able to do that so it was really exciting.”

What will you miss most from doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I’ll miss the coaches a lot because they are all so dedicated to the sport and how much passion they have. Of course I’ll miss the girls, every girl on the team I’ve become friends with and are my running buddies.” 

What is your favorite memory of outdoor track at Algonquin?

“For indoor track this year, we won Districts for the first time ever. For cross country, definetly when we worked our butt off at Districts this year and made States as a team.”

 

Girls’ outdoor track seniors that The Harbinger was unable to contact: 

Julianna Eigen

Alex Moll

Jacquelyn Nicoletti

Ameena Syed