Catherine Haut had long ago sent her childhood ballet shoes to the back of her closet. So, she certainly never imagined that experience would play a key role in leading her to the sport and event that would soon become an intense pursuit.
“I went out for track for the first time in the spring of my freshman year,” Haut said. “I tried everything, and when I tried the triple jump, I was really, really excited about it and really liked it. I used to be a ballet dancer, and the correlation between the jumping and leaping and coordination of ballet and the triple jump just made sense.”
Haut emerged as a star in the triple jump as a sophomore for Andover High, before multiple injuries ruined her junior campaign.
Finally healthy, the Andover senior now has her eyes set on a huge senior season for the Golden Warriors outdoor track team before she graduates and heads off to compete for Colby College in Maine.
“I have been looking forward to this season for a long time,” said Haut, who is also a varsity football cheerleader. “The winter is good, but in the spring, I can compete in the triple jump, which is so exciting. I didn’t have the best junior season, so hopefully I can make up for it this season.”
No one has more confidence in her than her coach, Peter Comeau.
“After all of her injuries, I never imagined she would come back as strong as she has this season,” Comeau said. “She can just do it all. She is a terrific triple jumper, she is our best sprinter from the 100 to the 400 (meter), she does the long jump and is even our second best shot putter after Courtney (Comeau).
“She is a very special athlete and person. I am honored to have had the chance to coach her.”