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Kaitlyn Covell: Merrimack Valley Female Athlete of the Season


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

What was the biggest challenge you or your team faced this season and how did you overcome it? My biggest challenge this season was dealing with the pressure of trying to make senior year track the best it could be. I have done a lot of good things the past few years and I really just wanted my last couple seasons to reflect that. To overcome this I had to realize that I should just relax, enjoy my senior year and remember all the accomplishments I have had over the years.

Who was the unsung hero of your team? The unsung hero of my team was Coach Buzz Gagne. He came almost every day on his own time to work with the Javelin throwers. Despite only working with the javelin throwers, he also went out of his way to talk to and motivate almost everyone on the team, including me. He has been, and still is, an important part of the MV track team.

If you could improve high school track and field in New Hampshire, what would you do? I would bring more attention to the sport. I feel like not many outside of track know the dedication and hard work that the athletes, coaches and officials put in. I would also try to start running and track programs for younger children. That way kids have a chance to start developing their running abilities and knowledge on the sport at a much younger age.

Do you have any sports superstitions? If so, what are they? I always wear the same outfit for meets as well as my “lucky” bracelets. If I can’t find them or I forget them it really bothers me sometimes.

What are some of the unwritten rules of your sport? A few unspoken rules of track and field are you always check the track before crossing (although some people still forget to do that), if you drop the baton you have to do pushups or some kind of punishment and the shorter the shorts, the faster the runner.

If life were a video game, what would some of the cheat codes be? Some cheat codes would be being able to find out what your future task/career would be, knowing exactly how to prevent getting sick with the cold/flu each year and having an endless supply of your favorite food.

What is something that is really popular now, but in five years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by? Dabbing.

Where do you get your news? Usually WMUR but also Concord Monitor.

What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made? The best purchase I ever made was my car. I couldn’t do so many things without it. The worst purchase I ever made probably had to be a pair of Nike sneakers my freshman year of track when I was to naive to realize they wouldn’t give me any support.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know? A cat named Stubbs is the mayor of Talkeetna, a town in Alaska.

What’s invisible but you wish people could see? The amount of toxins in the air.

If you could go to school in a foreign country, which country would you pick and why? I would go to England. I’ve always wanted to see what it is really like there.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest? A grumpy old cat.

What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future? How’s the food?

If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them / have them do?I would take them to see the NH Motor Speedway, take them on a hike and a swim in one of the lakes or rivers, take them on a scenic run and probably show them a few historical sites.

What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done? In my US History Class my junior year we were in the time period in which President Kennedy was assassinated. As many know, there were many conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination. He made the classroom windows blacked out, and we were all ushered into the classroom where the tables were all set up in weird locations. He gave us all tin foil hats to wear and he had weird static video and music playing. He went through all the conspiracies that existed and was pretending that the government was “listening.” In the end he just wanted to show us that all the theories could be disproved and then he went on to tell us the real story. It was quite the experience though.

What’s the best thing about being a teen? What’s the worst? The best thing about being a teen is you can finally have some independence and responsibility without worrying about all the important life stuff such as bills and work. The worst thing is even if you are very mature and responsible, many adults still don’t treat you as if you are.