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2019-04-10 / Sports

Amelie Legg, of Hamden, Top Contender For Assumption Women’s Track & Field Team

By Rosie Cunningham

WORCESTER, MA - Assumption’s Department of Athletics has announced that Amelie Legg, of Hamden, was named to the 2018-19 Women’s Track & Field roster. Legg, Class of 2021, is competing in the pole vault and she said she enjoys the sport because it challenges her to work hard.

“There’s always something I can improve and, when I make those improvements, I jump higher,” she said. “This is why I love pole vault so much because you can actually see the product of your own hard work and dedication and you can see yourself get better.”

In high school the Hamden athlete had a very successful career. She traveled to different Invitations for different competition - the NY/PA Invitational where she competed against schools from Pennsylvania and the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada where she competed against girls from the west coast. She also traveled consistently to Warwick where she vaulted at a pole vault club - the Flying Circus.

“I went to three different pole vault camps (one each summer), starting with one in Warwick, one at Kutztown University (PA), and one in at a summer camp in Maine,” she said.

In addition, Legg is the school record holder at Delaware Academy and the MAC league record holder. She was number one in the state for Division IIII schools in her senior year. Twice, she was named first team All-Star for Indoor Track, and was named first team All Star for outdoor track.

“I was a three-time competitor at the NY State Meet,” she said. “Overall, my high school career was definitely a success.”

Legg said her main support has always been her parents, particularly her father.

“He taught me to pole vault when I was in fifth grade, and then I started competing in seventh grade,” she said. “At a certain point, we started learning more about the sport together, and he’s always been there for me through each success and fall.”

Head Coach Trent Baltzall said he has high expectations for the team.

“This is the time of year where we can really begin to train to the best of our ability,” said Baltzall. “The clear-cut goal for this team will be to take home the NE10 Championship trophy in early May, a goal that is on the mind of every member of the team. The women are more focused than ever before at practice, something that can be attributed to the confidence we earned from a successful indoor campaign. I am also pleased by their academic performance as the women maintain a focus on their studies.”

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