SOMERS, N.Y. – Senior Emily Heese is a pole vaulter on the Somers track and field team. She qualified for the New York State Championships with a successful vault of 10 feet 6 inches at the state qualifiers on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City.

This is Heese’s second year in a row qualifying for states, which will be held this year on Saturday, March 7, at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Facility on Staten Island.

How old were you when you started pole vaulting and what got you started?

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I began vaulting my freshman year because my grandfather used to pole vault and I had many friends who were involved.

What is your favorite thing about being on the track team?

My favorite thing about track is how many friends I’ve made and how close the team is.

What is your goal for the state championships?

My goal for states is to win a medal and clear 11-6.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My biggest role models are my parents because they are fabulous and have taught me how to work hard to earn what I want.

How do you get prepared for meet? Do you listen to any music? If so, what kind?

To prepare for a meet I usually listen to quite a variety of music, but “Dance Monkey” never fails to make the playlist.

Will you be attending college? If so, where and what will you study?

I will be attending college, although I’m not sure where as of now. I plan to study biochemistry on a pre-med track.

Will you continue to play sports beyond high school?

I plan on continuing track in college and I’m in contact with the coaches at the schools I’ve applied to.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

If I could have one superpower it would be to fly because it would make me a lot cooler and I could travel much more effectively.

What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?

A little fun fact is that I’m an EMT and a member of the Somers Volunteer Fire Department.

What is your favorite place to visit on vacation and why?

My favorite vacation has been my trip to Greece because of the food, but also all of the monuments and natural landmarks.

What is your favorite place to eat locally?

My favorite place to eat is Route 100 Market because their sandwiches are top-notch.

What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?

My go-to app on my phone is Instagram because there is constantly something entertaining on there.

For a young athlete growing up in the Somers school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the track team and why should they go out for it?

Track was one of the best experiences of high school because it gave me a place to have fun while working at something that I really enjoy doing. The family-like team environment at both meets and practices is unmatched and I value every second I get to spend on this team.