Sara Gofter is a senior at Steinbrenner as well as a member of the Warrior track team and is in the top ten percent of her class with a 6.41 grade point average (GPA). However, her track to running wasn’t straightforward.
“I came into Steinbrenner with the intention of playing basketball for all four years, but I ended up falling in love with track and field,” said Gofter.
Not only did she fall in love with running, but also she excelled by maintaining a consistent practice routine.
“I improved from under 32 feet to jumping 35 in one off season,” said Gofter.
Her team, coaches, and teachers are proud of her achievements. Most notably, she is proud of winning the triple jump at the IMG Academy meet.
“I won the triple jump at IMG, which is my favorite win I’ve had because I got a really cool Gatorade Award medal,” said Gofter.
Now that the season has started, Gofter hopes to do better than her previous performances at States the last two years.
“I have made it to States for the triple jump the last two years and almost medaled last year. This year I really want to medal. I can also hurdle and other jumps, and usually do well enough to get points for the team, but it’s not my most beloved event,” said Gofter.
Gofter hasn’t only used her skills to win medals, but she also enjoys the camaraderie amongst the girls she competes against and her teammates.
“I love the competition and meeting girls from other schools because I have fostered great relationships across the county and state,” said Gofter.
As she nears the end of her senior year and enters her final track season, Gofter has now applied to colleges like Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, and many more. However, she hopes to continue running track and field at these schools.
“I’m applying to schools that not only have a rigorous academic standard, but are willing to be flexible with athletics so I can continue my sport at some level… I don’t see myself going to a school specifically for jumping but if I’m able to I think it would be a great opportunity to walk on, ” said Gofter
But getting into these schools is no easy feat; all of these schools have an acceptance rate of less than 10 percent and are classified as highly selective institutions.
Even though getting into these schools is near impossible, she is still hopeful, because of her achievement on and off the track. Currently, she is enrolled in multiple AP courses like AP Calculus, AP Literature, AP Economics, and many more.
Ultimately, she hopes that with all her effort and hard work; she can land her biggest jump yet; into the hallowed halls of the Ivy League.
James Cook//Sports Editor