Salute to Seniors: Zachary Barry (Scarborough HS)

When and how did you get into track and field?

I got into track and field in 2nd grade when I started running for my moms community service XC team, i then started track in 5th grade through the summer track program.

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?

I would say that my biggest competitor over my four years in high school was Chris Walton. Anytime we stepped on the track the race would have a little more on the line and always extreme competition, it made me a better athlete having him around.

What was your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment would have to be the almost triple crown indoors. I was able to get the win in the mile and 800, and just short of the 2 mile to Grady. To score 28 points in a state meet where we won by 3 points I felt extremely accomplished for myself and my team.

How has track and field impacted your life?

Track and field has impacted my life very positively and makes me a better person.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

I'd say the biggest obstacle I've had to overcome was the Covid year in 2021, training alone for the entire winter and looking for out of state races was tough and hard to stay motivated.

How do you prepare for competitions?

Typically the night before I'll have some sort of pasta or pizza and put ice on my legs. In the mornings before races I always have pancakes eggs and bacon, always from ihop for out of state races.

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

I love to play golf, soccer, football, spikeball, wiffle ball, basketball anything athletically related I love to play.

What influence has your coach had on your high school career?

Coach Veilleux has had a tremendous impact on me in my high school career. He saw potential in me and always would make sure I was working my hardest to unlock that potential. He's a great coach, the greatest coach in Maine history to be exact, but a better person and always a great guy to be around. I owe a lot of my success in high school to him and thank him for all the time he's invested into me.

Coach Jones has also made a giant impact on my high school career. He started my sophomore season and I never had any doubt in my mind with his philosophies. Coach Jones was able to tackle obstacles like Covid, and a lacrosse season and never gave up. He was always looking for the best in me and stayed committed. I also owe a huge thanks to him for the impact he's had on my running career. Without him or coach Veilleux I wouldn't have been able to be where I am today

What are your college plans?

I plan to attend the University of Connecticut.

What are your long term goals?

My long term goal for the sport is to break 4 minutes in the mile, who knows.

Who would you like to say thank you to?

I'd like to say thank you to my parents for being the most supportive people in my life and never hesitating to take me out of state for a meet or take to the track. Their support has made me the runner and person I am. I'd like to thank my coaches again, I can't say enough how thankful I am for the Scarborough coaching staff, there's a reason for the state championships and that's the coaches. I'd also like to thank all of the boys along the way. Harrison and Noah took me in my freshman year and were the best older brothers I could ask for. Tristram and Connor Coffin were amazing teammates and role models of success. Ben Greene, Tyler Patterson, Grady Satterfield, Dan McCarthy , Charlie Collins, Abbott Valentine and Chris Walton, I can't thank them enough for the competition they brought to races. Lastly I just want to thank everyone who's helped me out to get where I am.

What advice you would give to younger athletes?

Have fun, don't overtrain.