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Students join track for first time senior year

Staff writer

Some may say it’s never too late to start something new. Seniors Tony Adams and Thomas Paquette have taken that idea to heart after joining the Peabody-Burns track team for the first time their senior year of high school.

Tony throws shotput and runs weight-man relay, while Thomas throws discus, javelin, shotput, and runs the 100-meter dash.

Tony said the season is getting better as time goes on.

“I’ve improved,” Tony said.

Thomas said the first meet of the season was rough. “But my second meet I PR’d on everything,” Thomas said, “so I’m definitely getting better.”

“It’s a lot of fun,” Tony said. “The teammates are great to be around.”

Both played baseball last year, after Peabody-Burns decided to collaborate in baseball with Hillsboro, but decided to try something new this year.

“I didn’t like it at all,” Tony said.

After a shoulder injury kept Thomas from playing football this year, he wanted to be sure to be involved in a spring sport.

“The baseball coach and I didn’t get along very well,” Thomas said. “I really wanted to do a sport and I talked to Andrew Wedel and he said, ‘Hey, come try out for track.’”

After being the only thrower on the team, Andrew suggested they join the team.

“I knew they could throw, and I knew they’d enjoy throwing,” Andrew said, “so I asked them to come throw with me. Last year, we had a team of eight, and I was always throwing by myself.”

When asked whether it was what they thought it would be, Tony thought it ended up being better.

“I thought it’d be more like football, but it’s way more laid back than I thought it’d be,” Tony said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

“To be completely honest, I didn’t think I’d like track much,” Thomas said. “I’ve always been part of a team. To move to a solo sport is different, but I really like it. Everyone is very encouraging.”

Last modified April 20, 2017

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