Orion Clachar: Coe-Brown Male Athlete of the Season

Published: 6/27/2018 7:30:02 PM

What was the biggest challenge you or your team faced this season and how did you overcome it? Personally, it was a hamstring strain from winter season. I didn’t race at all through midseason to let it heal up for the championship season. For the team, I think it was that we had a lot of youth on the team with heavy expectations on them. But they all were very mature and worked super hard and I couldn’t be prouder of those young guys.

Who was the unsung hero of your team? It’s hard to name one person; I think all the guys really stepped up this year. The team had some great chemistry and we all really pushed each other to do our bests so it’s hard to say one person because they all really made this year my favorite and most memorable.

If you could improve high school track and field in New Hampshire, what would you do? I think it should be given a lot more publicity because it does take a lot of grueling, hard work, and N.H. is getting a lot better at it with lots more national level performances coming out of this state. I think NHtrackandfield.com is doing a great job at helping spread this publicity the athletes deserve.

Do you have any sports superstitions? If so, what are they? I have a couple. I have a specific playlist I listen to twice before every meet, I set my uniform on my floor in a special way the night before a big meet, I like to wear sleeves when I race (though that’s more style) and I like to be chewing Orbit wintergreen gum in my races.

What are some of the unwritten rules of your sport? You know, track and field is such a diverse sport it’s hard to think of any unwritten rule that is universally followed. Only one that I can really think is that you get out what you put in. There’s no defense and no one is stopping you. Your performance and your success directly correlates to the work you do.

Who on your team, coaches included, reminds you of a character in a TV show or movie? My coach, Greg Hall, reminds me of Morpheus from The Matrix. Especially when he got his shades on and he looks at you and you can’t read what he’s thinking but can tell he’s not impressed.

If life were a video game, what would some of the cheat codes be? Unlimited gas, eat whatever you want and never needing sleep.

What is something that is really popular now, but in five years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by? Some of the shoes that are coming out are really bad looking. There’s this whole style of like these big clunky sneakers that look like they cost $20 and it’s going to die out soon.

Where do you get your news? Fox News, Snapchat, Instagram and the random little news stories that I come across on the internet. Though if it’s anything important, I like to verify with multiple sources.

What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made? For the worst it was probably a pair of shoes that were $150 but I had them for a week before they got stolen at a gym. The best was probably some food somewhere. I’m a big fan of food.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know? There are more ways to line up a deck of 52 playing cards than there are atoms on the earth or more than there have been seconds since the beginning of the universe, which means that every time a deck is well shuffled it is almost a certainty that it is the first and last time that combination existed.

What’s invisible but you wish people could see? All the hard work that athletes go through behind the scenes.

If you could go to school in a foreign country, which country would you pick and why? I would love to go to Japan because I have always been curious about the country and culture. Also, they have great math programs.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest? Cats. They wouldn’t give people a break.

What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future? I would ask him if humans live off the earth in the future and what planets or colonies we live on.

If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them / have them do? There’s not too much to do around here, I would take them hiking up this mountain nearby that has tons of blueberries growing on it so they can pick it.

What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done? He put a brick on his chest then had us hit him with a hammer.

What's the best thing about being a teen? What's the worst? The best is that we’re young and can make mistakes and learn from them and still can make ourselves into whatever we want if we work hard enough. The worst is a lot is coming at us right now and it’s a tough transition into becoming more independent and learning to become an adult.

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