For her final season on Deerfield’s track and field team, Hayley Dorfman has high expectations. After narrowly missing out on a trip to the state meet last season with a third place sectionals finish, the sprinter and high jumper has already added more than two feet to her high jump, from 5 feet, 2 inches last year to 5-4 1/2 this year.
Head coach Jeff Beaumont, who is in his 16th year of coaching at Deerfield, says, “Hayley has established herself as one of the best high jumpers in the area this year. She is very motivated to make it to Charleston this year.”
Name: Hayley Dorfman
Age/year in school: 17/Senior
Sport: Track and Field
Position/Specialty: High Jump and Sprints (50-, 100- and 200-meter)
How long have you run track? 4 years
What do you love most about track and field?
I love the competitiveness of the sport and being able to see my personal improvements over the past four years.
What are your goals for this season? How will you achieve them?
My goal for this season is to compete in high jump at the Indoor Classic in Bloomington, Ill., and to continue to improve in each of my events during the outdoor season. I need to make sure to get into the weight room as often as I can and to focus on each event during competitions. My teammates have been very supportive and we always push each other to do our best.
What are you looking forward to most this season?
I am really looking forward to the Indoor Classic and to see if I will qualify for the outdoor state meet.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
To get pumped up and focused for meets on the bus rides, I always listen to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem and “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons. I always have to be wearing my green headband and green socks to compete because when I have worn them, I have done my best.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My track inspiration started when I was little and I watched my brother at one of his meets. I thought it was the coolest thing ever to be able to run so fast and jump so high. My family has supported me every step of the way, coming to every meet they can and always cheering me on. My parents always love watching me compete, which inspires me to work harder to make them even more proud of me.
If you didn’t run track, what would you be doing?
If I didn’t do track I would probably get involved in clubs at school and work out a lot on my own.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
My favorite athlete is Anna Chicherova because she was the first high jumper I ever watched on TV. I love her form because of her graceful yet powerful high jump technique.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside track and field?
I like to spend time with friends, get involved in athletic activities, eat and sing on occasion.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
“When your legs get tired, run with your heart.”
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