Player of the Week: Emma Rickert

By Wayne E. Rivet
Staff Writer

Emma Rickert tries to stay upbeat, no matter what happens on the track.

“Emma has impressed me with her attitude, willingness and perseverance. She has finished last a few times, but it never gets her down,” Lake Region indoor track Coach Mark Snow said. “She understands that there are personal goals that cannot be measured by your place in a race. She had difficulty in the long jump for two consecutive meets, but was determined to get a mark. She has been able to do that these last two meets.”

Sometimes, when an athlete fails, he or she shies away from taking risks. Not Emma.

“She has been willing to try different events, even if it has been outside her comfort zone. I am happy Emma came out for indoor track and field. I wish we had a hundred more just like her,” Coach Snow said.

In recognition of her strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Emma is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

The Rickert File

Name: Emma Rickert

Year in School: Senior

Town: Bridgton

Parents: Heather and Brian Waild, and Tom Rickert

School Activities/Sports: Cross-country, indoor track

Q. Why did you choose indoor track? To stay in shape and to try events other than running, which is what I do in cross-country.

Q. What do you hope to accomplish this season? It’s my first season, so I’m just trying to do as many events as I can and do my best at all of them.

Q. What do you enjoy the most? Practicing new events and trying them at meets.

Q. What do you like the least? Not getting enough practice in certain events before competing.

Q. What makes you successful? Trying my hardest and not giving up.

Q. What would your dream moment be? To actually do well at shot put, which I am terrible at.

Q. What has indoor track taught you? Patience. It can take forever to get the results you want, but you have to keep working at it.

Q. Who has inspired you? Hannah Flagg. She puts her all into the sport and tries her hardest at practices and meets alike.

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