ST. STEPHEN – Anna Somers first started running cross county in Grade 3. By Grade 6 she was running track events. A year-and-a-half ago, Somers says “a friend of the family said they had seen me run in middle school and told us about the Saint John Reds Track Club.” Somers looked into it and joined, where she practises three times a week.
The 15-year-old, Grade 10 St. Stephen High School student has done very well, taking a number of honours in her short career with the Reds club. She won the gold in 60 metre and 200 metre under 18 races at both the New Brunswick Indoor Championships in February, and the Atlantic Indoor Championship on March 12. She went on to compete in the National Track and Field Meet held March 25 and 26 at the Irving Oil Field House, Saint John. Somers came 4th in the 18 and under 200 metre, and 7th in the 60 metre overall final. The relay team Somers runs for won silver in the under 20 category.
“I placed really well, and our relay team did really well,” Somers says. “Plus I improved all the times with my racing.” Asked what her impression of her first national meet was, Somers said, “It was all so much fun.” While she might be having fun on some level, Somers admits there is only one thing on her mind when she is running; “The finish line.”
For her future, Somer is “hoping to carry on into university with sports, but I am not sure which ones.” Somers also plays basketball and volleyball. Her immediate goal is to compete in outdoor meets and over the summer and “to stay in shape.”