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Wetherbee excels on track, in classroom

  • Mahar's Anna Wetherbee competes in the triple jump during the PVIAC championship meet at Mohawk Trail Regional High School, May 20, 2017. STAFF FILE PHOTO

  • Mahar's Anna Wetherbee (8) charges up the field defended by Belchertown's Mina Khan (20) in the second half on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at the Woodward Complex in Orange. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 4/12/2019 10:46:41 AM
Modified: 4/12/2019 10:46:31 AM

Anna Wetherbee has a long list of interests: reading, calculus and pretty much any event for the Mahar Regional track and field team.

Going into the spring season, Wetherbee will compete in several events including long jump, triple jump, pole vault and running.

“I do like to run,” Wetherbee said. “It’s a different kind of adrenaline. But I like everything.”

Her expertise in the athletic world also expands into the classroom as the senior will attend Bentley College where she could pursue a possible career in accounting.

“It just clicks with me,” Wetherbee said of math. “I like all my subjects. I really like to learn.”

In February, Wetherbee visited Bentley for an overnight visit with a member of the track team.

“I also met with the coach,”  Wetherbee said. “I sat in on some classes. It was really cool. I definitely think I would want to be involved in track and the coach said he would like to have me.”

Going into the spring season for the Senators, Wetherbee is still nursing an injury to her shins that limited her during the indoor season. 

“I did a lot of mobility and iced a lot and took good care of them,” Wetherbee said. “They just kept coming back and biting me. Whenever I had a big meet I had one more thing to worry about. The longer races I could definitely feel it.”

Wetherbee holds the Mahar school record in the 600-meter run. During her first run in the 600, she experienced pain on the last curve.

“I just wanted to stop, but I would never do that,” Wetherbee said. “So I just focused on jumping.”

At the PVIAC championships, Wetherbee placed fifth in the long jump (15-8½) and then 16th (15-6) at the Division 5 state championships.

Dealing with an injury did not dampen her indoor season.

“I just love the people,” Wetherbee said. “I have a lot of friends on the team. It’s nice to have that close knit relationships. I love the sport there is a lot of community in it. I love the opportunities it has given me.

The pain from her shins is not completely gone at this point in the spring, but she will look to get back to running events.

“I really enjoy the 400,” Wetherbee said. “The distance matches well with my ability.”

Wetherbee was a top scorer on the Senators field hockey team this past season with 13 goals and nine assists.

At the end of the season, a concussion suffered in practice forced Wetherbee to watch the playoffs from the sideline. 

“It was very frustrating,” Wetherbee said. “Just wishing I could go.”

The eighth-seeded Senators lost to eventual Western Mass. champion Greenfield in the first round.

“It’s definitely a different dynamic than track,” Wetherbee said of field hockey. “It’s a team sport. There are moments that I wish I had a game today.”

Wetherbee isn’t finished playing field hockey with her teammates with a tournament coming up at Smith College in Northampton. Wetherbee along with teammates Gracie Marsh, Aileen Fitzgerald and Lilly Fellows will enter a team for the tournament later in the springtime. 

“I am excited to play with everyone one last time,” Wetherbee said. “I think I will miss it. I don’t plan to do it in college. I would definitely do a club team and keep up on it. It’s a lot of fun for me.”

21 Questions

Favorite Food: Rice with soy sauce.

Favorite professional athlete: Sydney McLaughlin 

Favorite social media: Instagram 

Favorite show: The Office 

Favorite vacation spot: Ventura, Santa Monica, California

Role model: Sarah Woodward 

Favorite movie: Fight Club 

Pet peeve: People chewing very loudly.

Career aspirations: CPA

Favorite website:

Favorite animal: Parrot 

Best pizza in Athol/Orange: Friendly Town 

Gameday ritual: Field hockey: consume a cucumber after school. Track: Get focused.

Current sneaker brand: Nike 

Favorite music genre: Alternative/Indy

Favorite artist: Beirut 

Best school subject: Math and english

Worst school subject: Physics 

Special talent: Crochet, puzzles

If I had a million dollars I would: Travel, donate.

Favorite book: 1984, A Separate Peace 

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