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January 12, 2014

Around the Horn with Danielle Gajewski Timberlane sprinter

Once again, Timberlane senior Danielle Gajewski hasn’t missed a beat.

After an excellent season on the soccer field for the Owls, Gajewski jumped right into the indoor track season, placing first in two events in her first meet of the season, picking up where she left off last year.

In a six-team meet last week, she placed first in the 55 and the 300 and anchored the Owls to a first in the 4x200 relay.

A two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star in indoor track, specializing in the 55 and 600 meters, Gajewski was also an E-T All-Star last spring when she ran a 58.76 in the 400 meters.

We caught up with Gajewski, an excellent student with a 3.85 GPA and distinction honors, before the second phase of the indoor track season to go Around the Horn.

How long, if at all, does it take to get in sprinting shape after the soccer season?

“It takes time because soccer doesn’t get you in the type of shape you need for track.”

What do you enjoy more, indoor or outdoor track?

“I like outdoor track more. I like the 400, and I like being outdoors.”

What’s your favorite event indoors?

“I like the 600. I also like doing relays.”

On relays, is it tougher being the lead runner or the anchor?

“There is more pressure being first because you have to get off to a good start. I’m an anchor now, but I was first as a freshman.”

How hard is it not having, like a lot of New Hampshire schools, your own indoor track?

“It’s pretty tough running in the hallways. It’s hard on your legs and it’s hard on your breathing.”

You run most of your meets at UNH or Dartmouth — which one has a better track?

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