All-Eagle girls track MVP Wright a point-producing machine
It was almost a certainty that, if Amanda Wright made it to a high school track this spring, she would win multiple events in a meet. She was certain to at least score major points in all four events she competed in -- typically the 100 and 200 meters, and the long jump and triple jump.
Her efforts this season, which included the fastest 200 in Berkshire County, earned her the All-Eagle girls track and field MVP award.
So it’s peculiar, then, that Wright wants to change her event load for 2015. She’s considering giving up the 100 in favor of the 400.
"When I started running the 400, I started looking at [next year]," she said. "I think I can get faster and score more points in it for everyone."
If that’s true, Wright will have Pittsfield in a good position to repeat its unbeaten county-dual record of 2014.
She’ll likely lead the way for PHS as a senior, both on the soccer field and the track. Wright is one of six Generals -- all juniors -- to make the All-Eagle squad. She’s also the top returning forward for a Pittsfield girls soccer team that has reached the Western Mass. Division I final in each of the last two seasons.
It’s that soccer talent -- which was most evident in her late goal to give Pittsfield a 1-0 upset of previously unbeaten Belchertown in the sectional semifinals last November -- that helps to make her a stronger runner.
"She was strong from her freshman year. She just has the speed she uses in soccer," PHS track coach Stephanie Ambrose said.
"She motivates herself and her teammates, and really loves track. And it comes out."
With soccer season quickly approaching, Wright is spending her summer training. She’s putting in six days a week to be ready when the "LGs," or Lady Generals, take to the pitch. But she’s not just training for soccer. She also uses that as a springboard to both winter training and spring sprinting.
Aside from general improvement in both sprinting and jumping events, Wright has one major goal in mind: setting the PHS record in the 100.
"I’m hoping I can break that," she said. "I think we can [also] make it to states with some of the relay teams and individual events."
After high school, she wants to stay in both soccer and track in college. She’s talked to a few schools, and said their staffs are in favor of the two-sport idea.
"They don’t mind," she said. "I know some girls at Springfield who do both, and they like that because it keeps you in shape and gets you faster."
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