Track is all about being persistent, and working hard. Clocks and tape measures don’t lie, after all, and it is easy to see if you’ve been working hard to get better. Over the years there has never been much doubt that two-year captain Kyle Gaudreault is willing to do what it takes to be the best that he can be for the Falmouth High School track team.
The senior loves what he’s doing on the track so much that he eschewed his senior season of football, because it would have meant missing the indoor track and field season. The son of Paul and Amy Gaudreault and Andrea Thomasson is not only a great jumper and sprinter for FHS, but also a hard-working student. He said that forensics and graphic design are his favorite subjects in school.
The all-star said that “Jurassic Park” is his favorite movie series. He is proud of the Coaches Award that he has won for track and field, and also the all-star recognition he has earned.
How did you get involved with running track? How much do you enjoy it? What is your role on the team?
I started track in 8th grade, and since then I have stuck with it ever since....Through the years I have worked my way through to the captain position for two years....Throughout my years in track I have enjoyed it a lot because the atmosphere is great, everyone is so kind and they have very good sportsmanship.
Describe your feelings when you found out that you were going to get to play a senior season this year after the spring sports were canceled last year.
When I heard about actually having a season this year I was very glad, because my senior year wasn’t going to be a bust. Also, because I didn’t have a spring season last year, I knew that I finally had one chance to prove myself and I am very thankful for that.
Running track, you’re involved in several events. How did you figure out which events to compete in, and what do you do to prepare for meets?
Since I have been running track for a long time, with help of the coaches I have figured out that I was a sprinter, running in medium-distance races. When it comes to preparing for meets, I like to listen to music before I get there to get myself ready, and then I warm up with the team and have a good time.
Track is all about beating personal bests and steady improvement. What are your personal goals for this year, and what will it take to break them?
My personal goals for this year are to hopefully get 21 feet in the long jump, and also 23 seconds flat in the 200-meter dash. To break this personal achievement I have to be willing to put forth the hard work and to never give up, even though it is really hard work and a lot of patience.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I think that it would say that I am very hard-working and will do whatever it takes to get better and beat my own record or maybe school records, if I could get there; but it might not be possible, but I will still try my best at getting there.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
If I could replay a moment it would be the day I hurt my hip flexor, because I felt really bad and thought I let the track team down, but luckily we still won that meet. But I personally felt the need to help in some way.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
I would have to say when I hit the 20-foot mark in long jump, which I have been working for, for years. And, when I started getting sub-24s in the 200M dash.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate that I have had throughout the years, I would have to say was Marvell Nicholson, because he was a really good hype man and always had positive energy toward everything. He definitely helped a lot of people when they were struggling in their events and the way he would do that was with his humor.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I would have to say that I have been doing better when my girlfriend has been at the meets. I guess you could call her my good luck charm.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
To never give up and give it a shot, and sportsmanship is a very good thing.
Was there anything that you accomplished or worked on improving during quarantine that you’re proud of?
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank the coaching staff of the track team, and everyone else that has helped me get to this point of my life.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
I would have to say that I have slightly improved on my grades throughout high school and what I would like to say to my freshman self is to never slack behind, because that gets you nowhere.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
That I am hard-working at some things and I might not seem like a fast kid, but I am when you put the right competition ahead of me.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
I would like to be Usain Bolt, so I can break all the world records for track.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
I would say a nice warm sunny day, but not that warm where you are dying from the heat, so I can enjoy the meet and do the best I can, then go home for a little bit and play games with my dog and sister. Then to spend time with my girlfriend and have a nice dinner date.
What are your post-high school plans?
To take a gap year and make the most money that I can, and hopefully go to college for track if I can.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I am not really sure what I see myself doing in 10 years. Hopefully having a successful career.