Salute to Seniors: Jacob Pelletier (Cony HS)

When and how did you get into track and field?

I first got into track through the summer track program in Augusta. I started running distance when I ran cross country for my middle school team

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

Although we didn't get to train and compete together during my senior year, my biggest competition would have to be my teammate Casey Gallant. I've always looked up to and admired Casey for all of his hard work and dedication. I always aspired to have the same drive and love for the sport of distance running.

What was your greatest accomplishment?

Placing 3rd and breaking 17:00 at XC North Regionals this past cross country season.

How has track and field impacted your life?

Running has impacted my life as it has introduced me to new challenges and I have found so many friendships through this great sport. Running has played such a huge role in my life both physically and mentally.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

The most difficult obstacle I have had to overcome (and am still trying to overcome) is breaking my foot, restricting me from competing in my final high school state meet. Although this wasn't how I pictured my high school career to end, it was sure a way to go out. Running 3.5 miles on broken foot during KVACs, and helping our team win our first conference title in a very long time.

How do you prepare for competitions?

I am very superstitious when it comes to preparing for competitions and races. I always have the same routine every race day and one of the biggest things I focus on is what I eat the day before and day of races, it is always the same.

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

I like to spend time with both my family and my friends. I also enjoy being outdoors.

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

I have had the same coach ever since I joined cross country in sixth grade. Coach Totman has been such an influential part of not only my high school running career but also my life as a whole and I cannot thank him enough for everything he has done for me these past seven years.

What are your college plans?

I will be attending the University of Southern Maine in the fall where I will be studying Exercise Science. I will also be running both cross country and track for USM.

What are your long term goals?

I want to have a successful career as a student-athlete at USM. I also hope to run the Boston Marathon once I graduate from college.

Who would you like to say thank you to?

I would like to say thank you to my coaches, my teammates, my family, and everyone who has had an impact on my running career these past four years of high school.

What advice you would give to younger athletes?

Listen to your coaches and take days off.