Fledgling flies on track

Victor Yang, Staff writer

Sophomore Sarah Paetow joined track just this year. But her experience with lacrosse and soccer has given her the determination of a veteran.
Paetow joined track to boost her speed in preparation for the upcoming lacrosse season, she said.
“I’ve been pretty fast my whole life, but now people are starting to catch up to me. I’m going to use track to rise above,” Paetow said.
Paetow has been involved in sports all of her life. She has been playing soccer for as long as she can remember, and playing lacrosse since the third grade, she said. Her experience with tough coaches and the stress of playing multiple sports gives her an edge over other rookies in adjusting to the harsh demands of track.
“Being on strong teams from both soccer and lacrosse is a huge benefit,” head track and field coach Chad Boyle said. “The expectations of those programs are high, and that helps people easily transition to our program.”
Though lacrosse is Paetow’s primary focus, she still gives her all on track.
Early on in the season, Paetow has demonstrated a positive attitude and acted as a role model to her teammates through her dedicated work ethic.
At the CCBC Essex meet, she finished 11th in 500-meter with a time of 1:38.54 and placed second and third in the 4×160 and 4×400 relays, respectively, Dec. 10.
“She is a great leader by example. She quietly does what is asked of her and leaves a lot of effort on the track,” Boyle said.