One of Libertyville’s top hurdlers in his first two seasons, Max Roberts is constantly working to improve his technique. On May 16 at the Buffalo Grove Sectional, Roberts qualified for state in the 300-meter hurdles, setting a new personal record of 39.38 seconds. The sophomore also coaches local kids in the summer at No Limits Running Camp.
“What impresses me most about Max is his ability to compete at a high level under intense pressure,” head coach Jason Schroeder says. “He embodies everything that Libertyville track stands for – hard work, dedication and a willingness to sacrifice for the good of the team.”
Name: Max Roberts
Age/year in school: 16/Sophomore
Hometown: Green Oaks
Sport: Track and Field
Position: 300-meter hurdles, 4-x-4 meter relay, 4-x-8 meter relay
How long have you participated in track and field? Since 6th grade.
What do you love most about track and field?
The competition the sport brings and the hard work it takes to attain goals in every event.
What was your biggest challenge this season? How did you overcome it?
Keeping my quad injuries at bay. I simply did a ton of stretching every day!
What was your favorite moment of this season? Why?
Placing fourth at the Wanner Invite. It really proved to me that I was capable of so much more.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
Just to stay relaxed but focused. When it comes to focusing, music is my best friend.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My dad. His athletic accomplishments provide a guideline for me and how to approach my athletic career.
If you didn’t participate in track and field, what would you be doing?
I’d probably join an Ultimate [Frisbee] club. Or play rugby. Rugby is pretty cool.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Ashton Eaton [American decathlete]. He can do almost every event and do them incredibly well. He has so much heart and trains day in and day out.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside track and field?
Playing Ultimate Frisbee [and] longboarding.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – Steve Prefontaine
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