Maya Le Bar
Lewis and Clark High School, Spokane, WA
Class of 2018
Click here for Maya’s High School Athletic.net profile: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/Athlete.aspx?AID=7868839#/L0
Click here for Maya’s Club Athletic.net profile: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/Athlete.aspx?AID=10207033#/L0
For as long as I can remember, competing has been a passion of mine. I participated in music lessons and MusicFest Northwest piano ensemble competitions as well as cross country skiing and soccer until my second year of middle school, when I put the rest of my life on pause for the sport I love most: track and field. Off the track I enjoy studies involving History and English, as well as reading good books and experimenting in writing. I am proud of my accomplishments in the community. As an elementary school student, I was a cohost of a kids’ radio program called “Dragonflies on Thin Air”; we won a Chase Youth Award in 2008. As a high school student, I have worked to create a Students of Color Student Union with members of my school and track team, to debut in fall of 2017.
On the track, I specialize in sprints, specifically the 200m and 4x100m/4x200m relays, and the triple jump. In past years these three areas have been my main focus, however more recently parents and coaches have been challenging me to broaden my horizons to include the 400m and the long jump. In the winter of 2017, Spokane Speed Academy traveled to Pocatello, Idaho to participate in the Simplot Games. In the first 60 meters of the 4x200 relay I pulled my hamstring as the first leg. This was a moment in time when I remembered why I loved track and how much I loved the bond I had created with every single person on the team. I knew that if I didn’t finish the race, we wouldn’t place, so I finished and our relay ended up placing third overall. After working hard and rehabbing my injury well into the early months of track for Lewis and Clark HS, I was able to qualify for state in all four of my events, placing 7th in Triple Jump and 2nd place in 4x100m relay in 2017. This summer I hope to qualify for Nationals in Kansas in the 200m, Triple Jump, 4x100m relay, and the 4x400m relay.
Running and being active has always been a passion of mine, and Spokane Speed Academy has provided me with an environment in which I can build strong relationships with other athletes, and learn more about track and field. In future years I plan to attend college and run and jump as a collegiate athlete on a high level.