Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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April 10, 2014

Triple (jump) threat

Finally healthy, Haut looks to dominate again on the track

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Getting started

After trying a variety of sports growing up, and playing basketball in her first winter at Andover High, Haut went out for track for the first time the spring of her freshman year.

“I tried out a lot of different events,” she said. “I tried running the mile, and knew that wasn’t for me. Then I tried the triple jump and liked it. Coach Comeau took me aside one day and we worked on the footwork, and that’s when I really got started.”

After spending her first season studying record-setting Emily Belluche, Haut broke out as a sophomore.

She scored a victory at the Haverhill Invitational (34-0) and was third at Andover Boosters (34-6.5). But her biggest accomplishment was at the Merrimack Valley Conference Meet, when she won with a personal record (35-10 3/4).

“I honestly never imagined I could jump like I did that season,” Haut said. “It was a very unexpected season for me.”

The season was even more poignant because, at the time, Haut believed her Andover High career was at an end since she was transferring to Phillips Academy.

As an eighth-grader, Haut had been accepted to Phillips, but declined, because she said she felt more at home at Andover High. But she always wondered if she had missed out on an opportunity.

“I reapplied and got in. I felt like it was my second opportunity, and I had to take it,” she said.

But at Phillips, she actually missed being at Andover High. So she transferred back over the winter of her junior year, and quickly rejoined the track team. Her return to the Golden Warriors, however, turned out to be plagued by injuries, including stress fractures and a hurt hamstring.

Haut missed nearly the entire season, returning briefly to compete in the long jump at the MVC Meet. But that only strengthened her determination to come back even stronger as a senior, dedicating herself to fitness and weight lifting.

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