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High 5: Old Town’s Trefts sets state and national mark in the race walk

The junior hopes to claim state record at state meet in a few weeks
High 5: Old Town's Trefts sets state and national mark in the race walk
High 5: Old Town's Trefts sets state and national mark in the race walk
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 9:47 PM EDT
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OLD TOWN, Maine (WABI) - In this week’s NAPA Coastal Auto Parts High 5 we feature the fastest walker around. Old Town’s Izzy Trefts puts the race in race walk.

“Keeping track of form keeping pace that’s definitely been a struggle,” says Old Town junior Izzy Trefts, “My first lap is usually really fast. Then I’m struggling the next lap so that’s still something I work on.”

Izzy’s race pace got disrupted last year when the pandemic cancelled their season.

“Changed a lot of things. I didn’t practice for a while. The world was like crazy,” says Izzy, “I started off the season with 20 seconds slower than I ended on freshman year.”

“She’s tearing it up,” says Old Town head coach Rod White, “She started the season off in the 7:30s and has improved every week.”

Reaching her personal record this weekend with the fastest time ever in the state.

“I got the state record as a freshman but was not expecting to get 7 minutes 12 seconds on Saturday,” says Trefts.

“I thought maybe she would walk 7:20 but 7:12 is crazy,” says White, “She smashed the all-time best which is 7:19. Which is the mark she’s shooting for.”

State records can only be set at state meets but a huge achievement for Izzy. It set the national mark as well.

“It felt really good it felt crazy,” Izzy says, “Everyone here was like cheering for me. It was a lot.”

And she’s only getting faster.

“It wouldn’t surprise me any time she does in the next two weeks,” says White.

A big high 5 to Izzy and the junior is done after this season going to college early. She will compete for Columbia College in the top division of NAIA. Both White and Trefts tell us it is one of the top race walking programs in the country.

The PVC large school meet is coming up this week. They go Friday at Hampden. The PVC small school meet is Saturday at Old Town. The state meet is coming up a week from Saturday.

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