Salute to Seniors: Jakob Saucier

Name: Jakob Saucier
School: Massabesic High School

What was your most memorable race/meet?

One of my most memorable races was in XC my sophomore year, at one of our first meets of the year, which was at our home course. For anyone who has run there before, you would know that it is one of the hilliest and most painful courses you will ever run... (Twin Brook level pain). Anyway, I had put in a lot of miles that summer, and surprised a lot of people, including myself, placing fourth for our team, which was the best I'd ever done at the time. The race was a huge confidence booster for me, and with the help of great coaches, helped me realize how much more potential I had.

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?
Some of my biggest competitors who have become pretty good friends over time have been Justin Tomison, Dawson Desrosiers, and Chris Walton. All great guys to compete against. Every race against them is bound to be a good one.

What was your greatest accomplishment?
I'd say my biggest accomplishment was doing as well as I have this year without having anyone to train with on my team. I've learned how to run mile after mile on my own, which makes training easier when you're by yourself, or when others are unwilling to run with you.

If you could do it all over again what would you change about your xc/track&field career in high school?
I wish I could go back and prevent myself from getting injured right before States my sophomore year because that was a huge bummer to miss out on.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
Staying healthy and injury-free. I had my handful of injuries throughout high school, especially during this year, including having bronchitis for a month during XC, and the flu during indoor, with shin problems being riddled in the mix throughout both. I've come to learn that having a positive mindset and doing the minor things to stay healthy is very key

What will you miss the most?

I'll definitely miss putting on my kelly green Massabesic singlet. Though they aren't very attractive...  there's something about them that I love.

What advice you would give to younger athletes?

Don't be afraid to push yourself. Do what others won't do, so tomorrow you can do what others can't.

What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?
I've had many coaches over the years at Massabesic, and they've all helped shape who I am as a runner. One of the most impactful, however, taught me that every day is a "Beautiful Day to Run!" and taught me how to never give up when the going gets tough.

How do you feel about missing your senior season due to the coronavirus?
It really stinks. I had high hopes for the season, as my other two seasons this year didn't go as well as I hoped due to sickness and injuries.

What are your college plans?
I plan to attend the University of Southern Maine (USM), and study Criminology.

Who would you like to say thank you to?
I'd like to say thank you to my mom, who was the main influencer in motivating me to try running in 7th grade, sparking my love for this sport. She taught me how to run with my heart.
I'd also like to say thank you to my best friend, who made even the most painful runs my sophomore and junior year fun, and helped push me to where I am today.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Peace out MHS XC + Track & Field, you will be missed!

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