Lonardo is focused on reaching her goals

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BRATTLEBORO — When the fire evacuation drills go down at UMass-Amherst next winter, it's a safe bet that Maggie Lonardo will be the first one out of her dorm.

After all, the girl can fly.

Lonardo, who won the 100 in 12.62 seconds at the 2019 state championship meet, has decided to run track for the Minutewomen next spring.

"I have loved UMass ever since I was little, when my dad would take my brother and me to football games. When I got in contact with the track coach, I immediately fell in love with how important the team aspect is to her. The sprint team is extremely close, and they are willing to give me the home away from home that I need. To add on top of all of that, the campus is gorgeous and it makes me feel comfortable," said the Brattleboro Union High School senior.

Lonardo will major in Sociology at UMass-Amherst and eventually specialize in Early Childhood Education. Her career goal is to teach children ages 0-8.

On the track, she will be going up against runners from the likes of UConn, Harvard and Boston University.

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"In college, I plan to focus on just the sprints. I plan on running the 100 and the 200, but focusing on the 100," she noted.

Along with winning the 100, the sprinter also earned bronze in the 200, took fifth in the long jump, and helped Brattleboro's 4x100 relay team place fourth in last season's finale.

"With everything going on in the world, it is hard to know if I will accomplish my track goals this season. Myself, and I am sure other athletes, are hoping and praying everyday that they get to compete for their senior season," said Lonardo, adding that her senior goals are to be clocked in 11.7 seconds for the 100 and 24.8 seconds for the 200.

When asked about a couple of her best BUHS track memories, helping to break her school's 4x100 relay record as a freshman and winning the 200 in the CVC finals with her proud brother looking on from the infield are what came to mind.

"My freshman year of high school, I looked up to my captain Dani Wood. She made me feel welcomed to the team, and helped me grow as an individual and a sprinter," Lonardo explained.

Her recent training consisted of sprint-related cardio, followed by a pretty long core circuit, followed by either heavy leg lifting or heavy arm lifting, five days per week at the gym, but that all changed because of the COVID-19 concerns.

"Unfortunately with everything going on in the world, I am not able to make it to the gym anymore. My training has been put at a quick stop, and I need to reaccess how I am going to train at home without the normal equipment I use," Lonardo stated. "I believe that everything happens for a reason, to shape us into better people. I will not let the new normal stop me from reaching my goals this year."


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