Salute to Seniors: Ricky Smith (Belfast HS)

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Name: Ricky Smith

School: Belfast Area High School

What was your most memorable race/meet? My most memorable race would have to be this years outdoor state meet when my 4x4 team placed 3rd after coming in ranked 6th and I split a 51.9

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years? I've had many good competitors over the years, but my biggest one was probably my old friend Billy Chambers from Waterville. We raced each other my entire sophomore year, and he's the person who made me the competitor that I am.

What was your greatest accomplishment? I had qualified for Indoor States in the 800, and I barely made the fast heat. I was ranked 7th, and I ended up placing 3rd, getting my first individual state medal.

If you could do it all over again what would you change about your xc/track&field career in high school? If I could do it all again, I wouldn't want to change a thing. I will still be running in college, I will still be able to get my times down to my goals. I met a lot of great people over the last 4 years and I wouldn't change it.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome? I dealt with many injuries and sicknesses over my high school career. Battling with multiple sinus infections, I had adhesions all over my leg and couldn't walk for a week, I got a concussion, thrush, and two gum graph surgeries. I would keep going but the list goes on and on and on. 

What will you miss the most? The people that I met. I'll still be competing in the next 4 years, but a lot of the kids that I had the pleasure to meet I may not see again.

What advice you would give to younger athletes? No matter how much a race may hurt, it's only temporary. But the pain you feel inside for not giving your all, that lasts way longer.

What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals? My coach has always told me that I had something special, and he always believed in me. He'd sit down and set goals with me, talk to me in depth about workouts, and he'd help me out with things even if it wasn't track related. 

What are your college plans? I will be attending Husson University majoring in Physical Therapy

Who would you like to say thank you to? Thank you to all the athletes I was able to meet, who pushed me and made me the athlete I am today. If I were to list them all, it would take forever. 

Is there anything else you'd like to add? Stay fast and don't forget, Saturday's Are For The Boys

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