Athlete of the month: Kara Schmidt sprints to set PRs


Photo provided by John Roemer

Captain of the soccer team, Schmidt, looks to make a pass to her teammate downfield.

Emily McNicholas, Reporter

On your mark, get set, go!  Kara Schmidt (’18) runs a 26 second lap around the indoor track to set her personal record.

Schmidt is one of the Indoor Track and Field athletes that continues to outperform others.  In races, she runs any distance from 200 to 800 meters and said the 200 meter is her favorite to participate in.

The meets are held at the Fifth Regiment Armory which has a 200 meter track, so her favorite race consist of one fast lap around the track.  Practices occur every day after school and it is anything but easy.

“We usually have three workouts a week,” Schmidt said. “They are really difficult.”

Although Schmidt may think practices are difficult, teammates use her as an inspiration to work harder.

“Kara gets everyone to do the workout,” teammate Julia Watt (’19) said.  “We just try to keep up with her.”

Even though the sport might be challenging she tends to think the teams hard work pays off.

“Track is a lot of fun since we win most meets,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt has led her team to two State Championships.  She has also contributed to school records which include the indoor 4×400 meter, outdoor 4×200 meter, and 4×800 meter record for the track teams.

“She is my most reliable lead-off leg for the 4×400,” indoor track and field coach Adam Hittner said. “Which we won states in for the first time last winter.”

She plans to use her running skills when she continues to the University of Salisbury to play soccer.