La Plata Gauntlet’s January Athlete of the Month Hannah Kane is a three sport sophomore here at La Plata High School. In the fall, Kane is a varsity team member of the girls soccer team. She is on the varsity in indoor track and field team in the winter, and plays varsity lacrosse in the spring, scoring 20 goals this past season.
Hannah is an excellent student and maintains a 4.2 GPA while being committed to a sports team all year long, which can become stressful if you don’t stay organized. When asked how maintains such a high grade point average, Kane replies, “It is hard sometimes, but I really have to prioritize my time. That includes having a set schedule everyday and writing down everything in my agenda.” Staying organized is an important part of being a successful student athlete. Writing down homework in an agenda and using dividers in a binder are easy ways to get started in organization.
Indoor track athletes are expected to be role models and eat healthy. The track coaches and Mrs. Lebarron took a lot of time and effort to make a meal plan for track athletes to follow. The diet is fairly strict and takes discipline to follow. Kane runs the anywhere from the 500 meter to the 800 meter which requires both speed and endurance. Every athlete has strengths and weakness and it is beneficial to be aware of them in order to improve. “Long sprints are one of my weaknesses. Another one is running curves. I have good endurance but I’m also pretty fast so I can run long or short distances.”, making Kane a very well rounded runner.
She continues to play soccer, run indoor track, and play lacrosse for the remainder of her high school career and is hoping to continue to play lacrosse in college. Anyone interested in picking up sports but is hesitant or nervous about trying something new can listen to Kane’s advise and just go for it. You’ll never know if you love to play unless you try. “Even if you’re not good at something right away, don’t give up keep working at it. People think you have to be perfect at sports.” It’s not about being naturally gifted, it’s about setting goals and working hard towards them. Some of the greatest athletes were not born with the abilities they worked hard to earn. Come out and watch Hannah Kane and the rest of the indoor track team at their next meet!