NEWBURYPORT — Newburyport's Kaitlyn Wallace knows nothing of the role of the underdog.
Instead, she stands victorious time after time, a feat unbeknownst to many. It brings with it two harsh realities: the act of finally succumbing to defeat and understanding that she is indeed breakable, and the cold, hard fact that a target is on her back and everyone is gunning for her.
It is these actualities that Newburyport senior Kaitlyn Wallace not only realizes, but perseveres through.
Growing up an only child in Georgetown before moving to Newburyport, Wallace has been involved with the track and field event of shot put since she was in the seventh grade. If it wasn't for a freshman year spent competing on the basketball team, Wallace's Cape Ann League undefeated and three time title-winning streak could have very well been extended to four years. Last Saturday, Wallace cemented her dominance with a come-from-behind Division 4 state title win on her very last toss (she was in third place at the time), throwing a personal best as well as indoor record of 37 feet, 8 inches.
"To not be proud of what I've accomplished would be an insult to the rest of the league," said Wallace. "The league itself, and the bonds I've formed within it are just as important to me as any record or CAL title."
With her down-to-Earth mentality and straight-forward modesty as such, Wallace's easy manner and consistent winning can be traced to her desire to locate and improve her weaknesses.
Running the track and field program since 1981, North Adams State alum and current Newburyport coach Tim Foley can attest to how hard Wallace works.
"Kaitlyn's such a nice girl," smiled Foley. "She's a hard worker, she's compassionate for the sport and we're just so proud of her.