If this article is any indication, Sandwich senior Emma Eastman does everything at a blazing speed. Upon learning that she would be this week’s Outside The Lines nominee, Eastman raced through the 20 questions faster and more completely than most past nominees.
Her performances on the track or in the pool for the Blue Knights are no different.
In her final year as a Blue Knight there are few student-athletes who are as decorated as Eastman in her three sports of choice—cross-country, swimming and track. She’s an 11-time first team all-league selection (and counting) across her three sports. Eastman earned All-Atlantic Coast League selections three times in cross-country, four times in swimming and three times in outdoor track while taking home a first team All-Cape & Islands League this fall.
If that wasn’t enough she’s qualified for states nine different times—four in cross-country, three in swimming and twice in track. Additionally she holds nine records in cross-country (5K, 4K, 3K, 2.5 mile and 2.1 mile) and track (mile, two mile, 4xmile relay, sprint medley relay).
Most recently, the senior runner represented the Blue Knights at the girls’ All-State meet at Gardner Municipal Golf Course, placing 12th out of the 176-woman field. Her time of 19:55 was 1:24 behind Carmel Fitzgibbon’s first-place time of 18:31.
Eastman is also a three-time league champion, winning cross-country once and twice in the one-mile track event and another time as a team in 2016 while taking home MVP honors in 2017 and 2018.
And just as she dominants in athletics, Eastman stands out equally in the classroom. She was inducted in to the National Honor Society last spring while making the high honor roll every semester. She was named one of the top student-athletes at SHS as a junior. To help pad her already jam-packed resume, Eastman serves as the activities director for the Key Club, a position she’s held for three years, and she has been a STEM mentor as a sophomore and a junior.
Outside school she works as a lifeguard for the Town of Barnstable while refereeing girls’ youth lacrosse in the spring. And for every year since she was 10, Eastman participates at the David’s Old Silver Swim to raise money for ALS.
What do you love about cross-country? What drew you to the sport, and what made you stick with it?
Growing up, I ran the town road races with my parents and watched them run in races from a 5K to a marathon. They always assumed I would run competitively at some point, so it was a natural transition to start running for STEM in 7th grade. I fell in love with everything running has to offer and I somehow convinced a few of my friends to join the team. They mean the world to me and are a big part of why I love running as much as I do. One of my favorite aspects of running is lying on the ground with my teammates after races because we make the best memories.
What is your favorite pregame warmup music?
The boys’ team is notorious for playing music out of a huge speaker in the back of the bus, and ever since 8th grade they’ve played the iCarly theme song almost every time. I usually listen to country music, but on bus rides to and from meets I end up talking to my teammates more than listening to music. I’ve found that crying from laughing too hard and making memories is a more fun way to prepare for a race than getting focused by myself.
If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
I would definitely be Phoebe from “Friends,” because she’s hilarious and care-free but still has goals in life. She also reminds me a little bit of my best friend Anna, who has the best personality and can talk to anyone.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
My parents, Cheryl and Ned, are the obvious choice for my role models. They’ve taught me everything I know and I don’t know what I’m going to do without them next year. They’re the most hardworking people I know, but they can make me laugh in a second.
Do you have any plans after graduation?
I am planning on going to a four-year college and majoring in pre-physical/occupational therapy or kinesiology with a double minor in biochemistry and coaching. As of now, my top schools are High Point University, Syracuse University, Providence College, University of Tennessee Knoxville, and Quinnipiac University. I will be running cross-country and indoor/outdoor track wherever I attend.
What is your favorite school subject?
My favorite school subject is Spanish because I love learning another culture through the language. In college, I hope to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country or possibly minor in the language instead of biochem/coaching, depending on the school.
What is your greatest high school moment, either athletically or academically?
My greatest high school moment was qualifying for cross-country states with my team sophomore and junior year. The atmosphere and experience are much more fun when I’m able to share it with my teammates. I’m lucky enough to have the best teammates who will still drive up to Gardner to share the experience with me, despite not competing themselves, my freshman and senior years. It really means the world to me that I have friends who will sprint from place to place on the most hilly course to cheer me on.
Which three people would you invite to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I would invite Eliud Kipchoge, Will Ferrell, and Coach Ken Perry to my dinner party. Kipchoge, because he was the first person to break two hours in the marathon, Will Ferrell because we need some laughs, and Coach Perry, because he’s the only person who knows as much running stats as I do, and he would keep the conversation going. I would serve cheeseburgers and fries from JD’s.
Which professional athlete do you most relate to?
I relate most to Lilly King, the American and world record-holder in numerous breaststroke events because she’s dedicated and hardworking but always has fun with it. She also stands up for what she believes in and always follows through with her goals.
You’re stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack of your most prized possessions. What’s in your backpack?
I don’t have any prized possession to bring, so instead I would bring my best friend Anna Goodwin, my dogs, a bathing suit, and something to listen to music with. It would have to be a pretty big and chaotic backpack, but Anna always keeps me entertained, my dogs are always fun to play with, a bathing suit to swim, and music for more entertainment.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents and grandparents for always supporting me and being there for every meet, and my siblings Ben and Lexi for always giving me a good laugh. Of course, I need to thank Coach Horan for making me the runner I am today. I still don’t know how she turned the Nike Free-wearing 8th grader into a future college runner, but I am forever grateful for her support throughout my high school career. Additionally, I would like to thank Coach Perry and all of my past/present swim coaches for helping me throughout my life. Finally, I need to thank my teammates and friends for always being there for me.