HS Bloggers: Aleta Looker Ellsworth HS #12

Follow senior Aleta Looker of Ellsworth during her senior outdoor track season. She is known for her 800m prowess on the track where she's run the #2 outdoor 800m in Maine history,  2:14.30, she also has the fastest ever 1000m time in Maine history. Indoor she ran the fastest 800m in Maine HS history 2:11.58


Happy Mothers Day, everyone!

The past weekend really reinforced how important it is to have fun - especially within a competitive sport like track and field. On Friday I raced a personally disappointing 800 meters at the Glenn D. Loucks Games, but had the privilege to watch Dan Curts break nine minutes in the 3200! My teammates also had many awesome performances, despite rainy weather back at a meet in Bucksport. Yeah Ellsworth!


For a while it was hard to be an optimist about my own performance; an entity that many athletes face after a rough effort. I will admit that I have trouble getting over a bad race.. but I'm proud to say I definitely learned the overall necessity for a mentally tough attitude - the need for an unshatterable sense of confidence and pure belief in yourself and your ability to do well, at a high stakes meet. You will always be your own toughest opponent. I needed this recent experience to truly face this obstacle. Once you learn to control you, and focus on doing the very best that YOU can, the contest with the outside world becomes easy. Don't fall victim to your own or others' self defeating thoughts. Be your own ignitor! Get pumped up to be at your best - no matter your fatigue, personal problems, or bad luck. (I will be taking my own advice!)


Sometimes it helps to try something completely new to lift your spirits; to continue the love for the relentless manner of the oval. I recommend a day of throwing with Stacey and the gang! Thank you ladies for helping me feel better. And thinking of me as an "honorary thrower"(: After a little convincing on my part, my indescribably awesome coach is allowing me to attempt some new events our upcoming meet at Bangor! Can't wait to see how they go!!! This past week I also finished my AP Art portfolio, and my Concentration called the "Art of Running!" To celebrate, here is a picture of a charcoal piece I did of Robert's feet earlier this year. Special thanks to Coach Westphal for literally coaching me through the year in her art class! As always, thanks for reading.


Have fun this week!