Sophomore Elle Moshier entered Stratford High School as a soccer player and a lacrosse player, who needed to do something during the winter months to stay in shape.
She picked track. Or, maybe, track picked her.
Since bursting onto the scene, Moshier has emerged as one of the top long sprinters in both the SWC and State Class M ranks, especially at the 300-meter run.
After finishing second in the SWC championship meet (43.55 seconds), Moshier was third at Saturday’s Class M championship meet (42.90), advancing her to this weekend’s State Open championship meet in New Haven.
Following a practice earlier this week, Moshier went “On The Record” with the Stratford Sports Scene.
STRATFORD SPORTS SCENE: What’s the best thing about Stratford High School?
ELLE MOSHIER: The best thing about Stratford High is all my teachers. I really like how they all help me to be my best. If I need extra help, they’re always there for me to talk to them as well.
SSS: If you could change one thing about the school, what would it be?
EM: I wouldn’t really change anything about it. I like it a lot. We just got a new building, too, which is cool. Overall, it’s really nice.
SSS: What teacher or coach has had the biggest impact on you in your two years at Stratford High?
EM: My lacrosse and my soccer coaches (Sarah Stevens and Samantha Archibald). They’ve had the biggest impact on me as a person, helping me step out of my comfort zone and becoming more of a leader and just becoming better at sports.
SSS: Lacrosse is your number one sport. So, how do you become at track runner?
EM: My sister was already really big in track and field. I always liked running. I did track clubs in elementary school and I’ve run 5Ks. I just thought I’d keep in shape.
SSS: Are you surprised with the success you’ve had?
EM: Yeah. I’ve been getting better each meet, which is surprising. I thought I’d stay the same, but my times have been getting better consistently, which is good.
SSS: What makes a successful 300 runner?
EM: You have to kind of pace yourself. You start fast, striding, but once you hit where you started, you just sprint as fast as you can until you get to the end. My coach was good in helping at me learn to stride, stride, stride, and a certain point I knew where to turn it on.
SSS: What are your goals going forward in track?
EM: I want to use blocks in the 55, so I can get better there, maybe make State Opens and make myself a better sprinter.
SSS: As you get better in track, do you think lacrosse might take a back seat and you’d run outdoors in the spring?
EM: I mean the future is pretty open. I feel like I’m focused more on lacrosse right now, but if colleges start looking I might have a career in outdoor track. But, right now, I’m more into lacrosse.
SSS: What do you like about lacrosse?
EM: I like the whole game. I don’t know to describe it. I like how the field is set up and you can run down the whole way with possession. Soccer you have to look down, but lacrosse is all about possession.
SSS: What’s your earliest sports memory?
EM: When I was younger I played Sterling House soccer, and my father the coach. I was like 5 or 6 and just remember dribbling down the field. I didn’t know what I was doing.
SSS: Let’s shift gears on you and get away from the sports questions. What scares you?
EM: I have a fear of public speaking, speaking in front of people. And heights, too.
SSS: Hollywood is making a movie about your life. What’s the name of it and who stars as you?
EM: Um, the title? I honestly have no idea what the title would be. Maybe Elmo’s World—they call me Elmo sometimes, because of my name, Elle Moshier, so they call me that. And maybe Anna Kendrick would star as me.
SSS: What is your perfect breakfast?
EM: Pancakes and bacon with bananas on top.
SSS: And the idea midnight snack?
EM: Bagel Bites
SSS: What is your favorite home-cooked meal?
EM: Chicken and waffles.
SSS: What is something nobody knows about you?
EM: Something nobody knows about me? Hmm. I used to play the cello and clarinet, but I sort of focused more on sports and running and didn’t practice is as much.
SSS: What was the last book you read that wasn’t for school?
EM: ‘Side Effects May Vary’ (by Julie Murphy). It’s my favorite book.
SSS: If you could live anywhere other than Stratford, where would you go?
EM: Florida. I like the warm weather and I also have a lot of family down in Florida. And, I’d get to be close to Disneyland.
SSS: If Netflix announced it was shutting down, what would you rush home to watch?
EM: I don’t like movies as much as TV show, so I’d watch ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘The Office.’
SSS: And, what one word best describes Elle Moshier?