Former UMaine basketball player finds success pounding pavement
There was a time when Tracy Guerrette wasn’t too fond of running.
When the St. Agatha native played basketball at the University of Maine, she dreaded a preseason workout through which coach Joanne P. McCallie and then Sharon Versyp put the Black Bears.
“We used to have to do a preseason workout of a mile and a half [run] and a five-mile run, and all of us would hate it,” Guerrette said. “We’d complain and say we’re not track athletes, we’re basketball players.”
More than a decade after her playing days at UMaine ended, Guerrette has discovered a passion for pounding the pavement. And she has been tearing up the local road racing scene this summer with wins at the Bangor Labor Day 5-mile race — at which she broke a 13-year-old course record — and the Walter Hunt Memorial 3K to her credit.
She also finished third among Maine women at the Beach to Beacon 10K last month after returning to her native Aroostook County in July to win the Potato Blossom 5-miler in Fort Fairfield.
Like a lot of athletes, the itch to remain competitive burned inside Guerrette after she hung up her basketball sneakers, so she subsequently took up endurance sports.
“As a Division I athlete, you’re so used to competing,” said Guerrette, who was part of UMaine’s NCAA tournament win over Stanford University in 1999 and had helped lead Wisdom High School of St. Agatha to a Class D state championship the previous year.
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