Track and field athletes Nicole De Almeida, Chloe Page and Skyler Gauthier qualified in the 500-meter run with Page recording a 1:21.58, De Almeida with a 1:20.26 and Gauthier finishing with a 1:22.58. Lynne Hebert also qualified in the 1,000-meter race, running a 3:08.50.
When asked about the preparation involved leading up to the meet, Page, a Junior from Swanzey, New Hampshire, said, “To prepare, I’m really focusing on keeping my workouts challenging and high quality. I’m also focusing on recovery and rehab afterward to make sure I’m staying healthy and strong throughout the season.”
De Almeida has a similar approach to preparation. “I have been focusing on small details,” she said. “This includes hydrating, stretching and nutrition. Hydrating can be easy to forget about so that is something I’ve been working on. I have also been focused on doing my best to eat nutrient-dense food.”
Page hopes to be involved in other events. “The event I’m qualified in now is the 500, but I’m hoping to qualify in some other events as well as some relays,” she said.
Page is not new to the challenge of the New England Championships. “I ran this event plenty of times before, including at New England’s last year, so I’m really excited about it and looking to improve from what I did last year,” Page said. “Lastly, I think I’m most looking forward to pushing myself and my teammates as well as getting to compete at these big meets and have myself and others get personal records.”
De Almeida is also qualifying for the 500-meter race after only participating in it once before, a very impressive feat.
“I had never run the 500-meter before last weekend so I was a little nervous before doing it,” said De Almeida. “I am excited to see how much I can improve my time. It’s easy to get nervous, though.”
When asked what she is most looking forward to, De Almeida said, “Definitely the relays. I am not sure which ones we will do. The only one we have done so far was the DMR [Distance Medley Relay] at Boston University. We are running a 4×400 meter this weekend at Tufts. Track can feel like an individual sport at times so having the chance to work together as a team in a relay is a really exciting and special feeling. They have always been my favorite,” De Almeida said.
Assistant Athletic Director Abe Osheyack said, “We’re very pleased and proud of the young ladies who have qualified for the New England Division III Championships. It’s one of the three big postseason meets that you can qualify for and they’ve done it very early in the season, which means they’re off to a very strong start. We hope for improved performances throughout the season that will hopefully get them around the conversation of the NCAA,” Osheyack said.
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