East Windsor SAM: Tucker Rajala

Tucker competes for the Panther track teams, both indoors and outdoors. He has been selected to the All-NCCC team, received a 3D award and coaches award, been named most improved player and served as team captain.

How do you prepare before a meet? I usually like to listen to music, go for a run and stretch to shake off my nerves and distance myself from everyone right before my event so I stay focused.

What has been your biggest highlight to date in your high school uniform? Placed 3rd and PB at Stafford Invite for 300 hurdles and 6th for 200. Also, placing 3rd and PB for 100 meters at NCCC and 6th for 300 hurdles.

Who has been your biggest sports influence? My mom; seeing her in the stands cheering for me as I run gives me that extra motivation. It’s been quite a journey this past year and having my mom by my side has made me stronger.

Who is your favorite pro or college athlete? Justin Gatlin and Carmelita Jeter

What are your plans beyond high school? My plans are to attend Rhode Island College and major in Nursing and hopefully joining the track team.




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