“My focus is more toward winter right now and what I can then accomplish in the spring,” the junior said. “I like to think about how to run the races indoors and use that how to do it outside. I like to take that mentality and figure out how to pace myself outside.”
Harvey, who last spring won the 100-meter hurdles in the Group IV state meet and finished third in the North 2 Group IV 400-meter race, knows that she still has some things to work on going into 2012-13.
“When I’m hurdling, I need to make sure my trail leg is better,” Harvey said. “I also need to train harder and take things more seriously. This year I know it’s more important and I need to pace myself more.”
But Sean Walsh, North Hunterdon’s head coach, knows that with the right amount of training and Harvey’s ability, she has what it takes to take that next step toward greatness.
“I think she is doing all of the right things,” Walsh said. “She trained with the cross country team this summer and we expect her to be a leader and take the next step. Now it’s the winter, she is going to be ready to go for us.”
Like most schools, North Hunterdon plans to use the winter season as a tune-up, with most of their runners warming themselves up for the immense competition that awaits once the snow clears and the temperature warms up.
“We don’t get too crazy with expectations for the indoor season, because we don’t have everyone out there,” Walsh said. “We use the winter season as preparation for the spring.”
Harvey echoed her coaches’ statement about the difference between the two seasons, but knows that the upcoming season is important in its own right even though her best events — the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles — are not contested.
“We’d like to get ourselves into the Top 10 in our area, and obviously we’d like to do really well in the meets that we compete in,” Harvey said. “We just want to keep getting better and build towards the spring and what awaits us there.”