Salute to Seniors: Joseph Beaudet

When and how did you get into track and field?
I got into track and field in 8th grade in 2018. My best friend wanted me to try it out, and I never looked back, and I am now dedicated to track as a sport.

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?
My biggest competition was teammate Carlton Dailey. He almost always beat me in the 100, 200 and 55m events. So, the pressure was always on to get faster and beat him, and that motivation only worked in both of our benefits.

What was your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment was nearly breaking the 27 second barrier in the 200m dash this season. Started with a 28.08, then ended at a 27.19.

How has track and field impacted your life?
Track and Field has made a very positive life impact. It gave me more opportunities to try new things, made me healthier, faster and stronger, and made more memories and built more relationships with both my graduating class and those of the upper and lower classes as well.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
Doing the hurdles for the first time ever this season (300mH). Getting the form, step pattern, and running pace correct in the same race was a major challenge.

How do you prepare for competitions?
I warm up to get loose with sweatpants and a coat on , so I am sweating and ready (warmed up).

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of track and field?
Music and Technology.

What influence has your coach had on your high school career?
My coach has had a very positive influence on me, as he is always making me smile and supporting me through everything. I also had the pleasure of having him as my Chemistry teacher for 2020-2021 and he had that same influence on me in the classroom as well.

What are your college plans?
My plan is to attend the University of South Florida to earn a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology.

What are your long term goals?
To become an IT professional, likely a Network or Systems Administrator.

Who would you like to say thank you to?
I would like to thank my family, for always pushing me to keep going even when it gets difficult.

What advice you would give to younger athletes?
To the younger athletes, always put in effort and never give up. Continue to become faster and stronger, on the Track, in academics, and in your social life. Go for the extra credit, the opportunity to run in a relay, make that extra special memory with your friend(s) or partner.