State Champion spotlight: Sam Rusak Scarborough HS
Junior Sam Rusak of Scarborough won the high jump & pole vault state titles at the Class A State meet. Rusak jumped 6-2 to take the HJ, & 15-6 in the vault. He went on to finish 12th in the vault at NB Nationals. We caught up with him to ask about his preparations, his goals, and about winning 2 events.
What were your preparations leading up to the state meet?
How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?
You started the meet off by winning the high jump. What did it mean to win that first individual state title?
In the pole vault you didn't start vaulting until 14-6, where only one other competitor was left. Talk about the choice to open at 14-6 in the vault, and what did you think when you missed your first attempt?
Coming into the season what were your goals and did you achieve them?
You struggled at the indoor state meet a year ago, what did you do differently to prepare this year?
Rusak's High Jump Progression
Rusak's Pole Vault Progression
|5-8||Indoor||HJ||SMAA: Gorham - TA - Cheverus - Scarborough||2nd||Finals||>|
|6-0||Indoor||HJ||SMAA Southwesterns Championships||1st||Finals||>|
|6-2||Indoor||HJ||SMAA: Noble - Portland - Scarborough||1st||Finals||>|
|6-2||Indoor||HJ||Class A Indoor State Championship||1st||Finals||>|
|6-3||Indoor||HJ||29th New England Indoor Track & Field Championships||10th||Finals||>|
|13-0||Indoor||PV||SMAA: Gorham - TA - Cheverus - Scarborough||1st||Finals||>|
|14-3||Indoor||PV||SMAA:Deering - Windham - Scarborough - McAuley||1st||Finals||>|
|14-5.25||Indoor||PV||USATF New England Indoor Championship||5th||Finals||>|
|15-3.5||Indoor||PV||New Balance Nationals Indoor||12th||Finals||>|
|15-6||Indoor||PV||Class A Indoor State Championship||1st||Finals||>|
|15-9||Indoor||PV||SMAA Southwesterns Championships||1st||Finals||>|
|52.11||Indoor||400m||SMAA:Deering - Windham - Scarborough - McAuley||2nd||Finals||>|
|52.30||Indoor||400m||Class A Indoor State Championship||6th||Finals||>|
|53.03||Indoor||400m||SMAA:South Portland,Bonny Eagle,Massasbesic,Scarborough, McAule||1st||Finals||>|
|53.80||Indoor||400m||SMAA Southwesterns Championships||5th||Finals||>|