Hamden junior Aisha Gay was cautiously optimistic heading into the outdoor track and field season, hopeful that her preseason hard work and long hours of practice would pay off in the 200 and 400, her signature events.
“Coming into the season I was hoping for success,” Gay said. “A lot of my success comes from hard work. I put in some long days after school for practice, there were a lot of Saturday practices and I would also practice with the boys to get more challenging competition.”
The strong work ethic certainly paid off.
Gay kicked off the postseason in the Southern Connecticut Conference with a win in the 200 (24.92 seconds) and a second place finish in the 400 (56.17). At the CIAC Class LL meet, she won the 400 in a meet record 56 seconds and she also won 200 in 25.14.
The success continued in the State Open with wins in the 200 (24.59) and the 400 (55.55). She went on to win the 400 in 55.85 at the New England meet.
For her post-season success she has been selected the Register Area girls outdoor track MVP.
Gay had an indication she could be successful in the outdoor track and field season after the success she had during the indoor season.
During the indoor track season, she won the 300 at the CIAC Class LL meet in 41.33 and at the SCC meet she won it in 40.23. At the State Open she was second in the 300 (40.27) and ran a leg of the second place 4×200 relay (1:46.39), At the New England meet, she ran a leg of the second place 4×200 relay (1:44.13).
“The long practices and hard work are important for my success in the indoor and outdoor seasons,” Gay said. “But for me it also takes staying positive and focused every time I compete.
“When the outdoor season ended, I was actually very surprised at all the success I had in all the meets. I didn’t know it would be such a great season this year. It’s a great feeling.”
The focus next season as a senior is to improve her times in the 300 in the indoor season and the 200 and 400 in the outdoor season. Her ultimate goal is to compete in college. She hasn’t decided on a college yet but is considering Georgetown and “several colleges in New York state.”