Salute to Seniors: Harlow Ladd Messalonskee, HS
What was your most memorable race?
My most memorable race was new England's my senior year. I had a good race but the best part was spending time with my coach. I learned a lot from that race and I walked away knowing I should never limit myself in a race and that I was lucky to have such a sick coach for high school.
Out of all of your high school accomplishments which stands out the most?
My biggest accomplishment in high school would have to be being a captain of the cross team. It was a real special thing for me to be a leader of a group of such great guys.
If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?
If I had to do it again, I would have ran a little more mileage and stretched more. Also I would have ran my freshman year.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
The biggest obstacle by far was the tendinitis in my foot. I still battle with it today but now I know I can beat it. I'm proactive about it and I would never let take me away from running again. I missed 3 and a half months from that injury and it still freaks me out sometimes.
What will you miss the most?
I'm going to miss running with my friends more than anything in the world. I made some life long friends on that team, I just wish I could run with them for a few more years.
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
The best advice I could give would be to really fall in love with the sport and make as many friends as you can at the meets. Be social and have fun!
What advice have your coaches had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?
My coach has always been about having fun with the sport. We would sometimes take full practices off and just play games to make it fun. My coach gave me advice that I will never forget. Make the most out of what you do and enjoy every second of it.
What are your college plans?
My collegiate plans are to study medecine at Purdue and to become an incredible runner. I want to do big things with running.
Who would you like to say thank you to?
I want to say thank you to both of my coaches, Justin, and Rushton. Also, my family, Tom, Cam, Nick, Haley, the Kramer family, Emmitt, Parsons, Henry, my man Wilson, all of my friends I have made through track and Kyle Homscum. I wouldn't have had nearly as much fun without you guys.
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