Goyette struggles at state track meet

Runner blames low iron, coach says heat may have played role
By: Nick Pecoraro Telegraph Correspondent
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Oak Ridge senior Maxine Goyette qualified for the California track and field state finals after posting a 1,600 time of 5:13.65 at the Masters finals ? less than a second off of a first-place finish on May 25 at Elk Grove High School. She didn?t fair as well during the state meet at Buchanan High School in Clovis over the weekend. Goyette failed to get past the preliminary heats with a finishing time of 5 minutes, 47.06 seconds. She said she has been battling an iron deficiency which may have been part of the reason for her uncharacteristic showing. ?I definitely was not 100 percent,? she explained. ?I had been running well (up to this point) and I felt like I was peaking at the right time. I was hoping for a good race but I just had a really bad one.? Goyette had run at the state cross-country meets in each of her four years at Oak Ridge before making her state track and field debut on June 1. She was the Trojans? lone representative at the state meet in 2012. Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley, who was unable to attend the state meet in order to watch his son graduate from Vista del Lago, offered another explanation. ?The heat could have been a major factor,? said Fairley. ?The high temperature of the day in Clovis was 103. The heat affects all runners differently. When you?re 42 seconds off of your best mile time, that tells me that your body?s shutting down on you. It?s a difficult way to end your high school career where you?re not able to perform.? Fairley understands that Goyette is a huge competitor and she will have the chance to rebound on the next level. She will be headed to UC Santa Barbara on an athletic scholarship next year. ?It?s been fun coaching Max,? said Fairley, who also coached Goyette during her tenure on the cross-country team. ?She is a very dedicated athlete. She gave us very valuable points throughout her four years. She?s a very solid teammate who was able to step up whenever there was a need for it to happen. She has a bright future ahead of her athletically.? ?It?ll give me something to look forward to next year,? said Goyette.