Salute to Seniors: Abigail Jacobson Greely High School

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When and how did you get into track and field?

2nd Grade- running club XC and then through that an interest in youth USATF!

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

The girl's York track team as a whole!

What was your greatest accomplishment?

Winning the indoor states team title my sophomore year with 7 athletes on the roster!

How has track and field impacted your life?

It's created so many lifelong friendships between athletes from my school, but also athletes from other schools! It's also made me stronger mentally and physically, which has prepared me in other aspects of my life that I'll be able to take with me once my track career comes to an end!

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

Injuries and mental battles. Obviously, injuries can cause set backs, but what isn't talked about enough is the mental side of track and field. You can be there 100% physically, but if you have any doubts in yourself performing at your highest potential suddenly becomes a battle. I think it was inevitable to get through high school sports without facing injuries or mental blocks, but once you overcome them it just makes you that much stronger!

How do you prepare for competitions?

Eating pasta and doing anything that'll take my mind off the race or jumps!

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

I really am so grateful to have some of the best coaches around! I truly wouldn't have accomplished the things that I did without them! I wasn't always a fan of the 400m workouts, but they truly did make me stronger!

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

Really just hanging out with friends and my dogs!

What are your college plans?

I'll be attending Franklin Pierce University in the fall! During my time there I'll be competing at the Division II level for both indoor and outdoor track and field, and I'll be studying environmental science!

What are your long-term goals?

My long-term goals for track and field is just to continue to love the sport, and to keep getting PRs!

Who would you like to say thank you to?

I'd love to say thank you to my family, most specifically my mom for being my biggest supporter and never missing a track meet in my ten years of competing! My friends and teammates for always keeping track fun even through the worst workouts! My competition for pushing me to be my best, and finally my coaches for always being there for not only me, but my team as a whole! We couldn't have swept the outdoor state titles without you!

What advice would you give to younger athletes?

Let track be fun! It's supposed to be fun, so don't put too much pressure on yourself. Trust your training and it'll all work out the way it's supposed to!