PLATTSBURGH — Breaking school records takes years of practice — one would think. But if you’re Kristie Pageau, taking five years off might even help you get better.
After not competing in track and field since her senior year at Saranac High School, Pageau is getting back on the track in her final year at Plattsburgh State.
While Pageau was on the Saranac team, the Chiefs won Section VII every year. She qualified for the state meet each year from 2003 to 2008 in indoor track, also setting four school records and one section benchmark.
She competed in the pentathlon at the state outdoor meet in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2007, she grabbed third place in the event. Pageau set six more school records and two section records in outdoor track.
But as much as she excelled at track, soccer was her main sport. While at Saranac, she recorded 35 goals and 21 assists. This led to her recruitment at Plattsburgh State, where she played on the women’s soccer team four of her five years.
Pageau admitted that track was always a sport she participated in on the side, in order to keep her in shape for soccer season. However, the thought of competing in track again was always in the back of her mind.
“I had always wanted to do it since freshman year; it was just always too much with school and soccer. I never found time,” Pageau said. “But I knew if I didn’t do it my last year, I would regret it. I had to give it a shot.”
Eventually Pageau did give track a shot, joining the Plattsburgh State team this year after completing her final season on the women’s soccer team.
Coach Nick Jones seemed to welcome Pageau with open arms, knowing of her athleticism and skill from high school. Even after five years away from the sport, Jones had no doubts about Pageau’s ability to find success on his team.