Updated: June 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm
The frenetic pace keeps going for Pine Creek senior-to-be Ally Watt.
Even in the summer.
Watt, who won the 100- and 200-meter races and anchored winning 400 and 800 relays at the recently completed state meet in Lakewood, isn't planning on letting up anytime soon.
First, she will compete in the prestigious adidas Dream 100 in New York on June 14, an invitation-only track meet based on the nation's top times. The next day, she'll fly to New Mexico to join her club soccer team at a regional soccer tournament.
"I'm still doing both during the summer with club soccer and track," said Watt, The Gazette girls' track and field Peak Performer of the Year. "I love being really busy."
Watt, who as a sophomore verbally committed to play college soccer at Texas A&M, still hasn't ruled out track beyond high school.
"I'm not sure yet, and we'll see when we get there," Watt said. "I'll see what my heart is set on. As far as having a favorite, that's the biggest question, and I'm yet to have an answer for it."
On the track, Watt returned to the top step on the podium as a junior four times May 17 at Jeffco Stadium. By winning both sprint events, she avenged losses in the 200 and 400 to Regis phenom Ana Holland at the 2013 meet after winning the 100 and 200 as a freshman.
Perhaps the experience of not winning shaped Watt's drive to get back to the top.
"That gave me a reality check," Watt said. "I knew I could run faster, and kept training hard after my losses. Losing to Ana was an honor, and I took that as a learning experience."
Eagles coach Max Oliver agreed with Watt's interpretation of falling short, but noted her drive never wavered. She just fell against a faster runner that day.
"It was there," said Oliver, who just finished his 13th season as cross country and track coach. "Ana was a wake-up call. She (Watt) came back with a great attitude, just team oriented. She could have run in another individual event, but she really wanted to run in two relays. That kind of attitude is contagious."
When Watt crossed the finish line during preliminaries of the 800 relay, the scoreboard declared an all-classes state record in the event. The next day, after taking the baton and sprinting the final 100 meters, she wanted to celebrate, and maybe cry a little, when the 400 relay team effort fell a miniscule 0.05 seconds short of a state meet record.
"I'm satisfied if I win, but I always feel like we can still improve," Watt said. "Being .05 off the state record, that was heartbreaking. But overall, I'm happy we won and defended our title in that event."