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Wayne Post
  • Pal-Mac's Leah May is off to a fast start

  • Leah May always thought she was fast based on how she did against area soccer and lacrosse players. However, the Palmyra-Macedon senior didn’t know what to expect in her first season of running track.“I didn’t know how I would compare to girls who do this all the time,” May said....
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  • Leah May always thought she was fast based on how she did against area soccer and lacrosse players. However, the Palmyra-Macedon senior didn’t know what to expect in her first season of running track.
    “I didn’t know how I would compare to girls who do this all the time,” May said.
    As it turned out, May is one of the fastest girls in the region, having come away with a pair of second-place finishes at the Wayne-Finger Lakes League Championship on Jan. 18.
    The daughter of Keith and Patti May previously played on Pal-Mac’s basketball team during the winter, but was unable to play this year due to a scheduling conflict with a premier soccer league. Red Raiders indoor track coach Matt Robbins had taught May social studies and knew of her success in other sports.
    “I thought she’d be talented, but she’s done a great job,” Robbins said. “She keeps improving her times. I look forward to seeing what she can do over the rest of the season here. She had to learn how to use blocks, so she’s just starting to get comfortable in the short sprints.”
    May said she’s thankful to have Allie Phillips, one of Section 5’s top sprinters, as a teammate. May credited Phillips with helping her with the blocks and her technique.
    So far this season, May’s best time in the 55-meter dash is 7.76. Her best 300 time is 44.66 and top long jump distance is 14 feet, 2.5 inches. May also runs on Pal-Mac’s 4x200 relay team. The team of May, Phillips, Shelby Hutton and Dana Sanford broke a 9-year-old school record with a time of 1:53.39 earlier this month.
    At the Wayne-Finger Lakes Championship, May finished second to Phillips in the 55 and second to Sodus’ Justina Sanders-Schifano in the 300. Sanford placed third in the 55 to give the Red Raiders the top three spots. Pal-Mac’s girls went on to win their first Wayne-Finger Lakes League indoor track championship.
    May said she’s enjoying her first season of indoor track.
    “I like the atmosphere, everybody is really nice,” she said. “Everyone is so encouraging, so there’s no jealousy at all. People are always ready to compliment you on a great job.”
    The senior is looking to study physical therapy at a college while playing on the soccer team next fall.
    As for the remainder of the season, May is looking to keep improving her times. She hopes Pal-Mac can contend for the Section 5 Class C championship at the Rochester Institute of Technology on Feb. 16.
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