2017-12-24 / Sports

Sunday Conversation: Dorais prepared to take next step

By ALEX SPONSELLER
Associate Sports Editor

Biddeford senior Leia Dorais has become a standout runner for both Biddeford cross country and track and field during her high school tenure.

Dorais made an immediate impact early on, and has become perhaps the Tigers’ most consistent runner. Dorais was recently named to the Southwestern Maine Activities Association’s Honorable Mention group for cross country, and was named to the second team in 2016.

Dorais also finished fifth at the indoor track state championships her junior year, and 11th in the 3,200 in the state spring meet.

Her hard work and success paid off, as she recently signed her National Letter of Intent to compete in both cross country and track for Division II Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
I had a chance to catch up with Dorais, discussing her overall experience at Biddeford as well as what she is expecting at the next level.

Here is the complete interview:

AS: Now that you’ve finished up your four seasons with Biddeford cross country how would you sum up how it all went?

LD: The first few years went really well but this past season was little bit more difficult for me.
AS: What made it more difficult?LD: There was a new coach so it was an adjustment. He had us doing a lot more training but it was good. The training that we did really helped us but it was a little more (tiring).

AS: You were also the captain this year, how was it being the captain and having the younger kids look up to you?

LD: It was exciting to be able to represent the Biddeford team. There were a lot of new girls and a lot of old girls and it was exciting to help them learn how to run and encourage them.

AS: Now indoor track season is starting, what have you seen from the team early on?

LD: It’s been good. Our first meet was exciting because both the girls and the boys team won for the first time in a long time. The girls are looking really good, we’re always putting hard work in and same with the guys.

AS: You recently signed your National Letter of Intent for Assumption College. Will you be competing in cross country?LD: Yes, and track.

AS: Do you have a preference or are they both kind of 50-50?

LD: They’re both 50-50 because with cross country I really like the team aspect better ... we’re closer with a tighter bond. But with track I enjoy running on the track and also you can cheer your teammates on. During cross country you run with them so you can’t really cheer them on as much.

AS: What was it that you liked in the school and program?

LD: It just really attracted me. I really wanted to stay in the Massachusetts area. The coach was really nice and really helped me out deciding that school. I met the girls too and they were really nice so I felt like it was the perfect fit.

AS: You just made the (All-Conference) honorable team and the year before made the second team. What kind of confidence do you have going to the next level?

LD: I have the confidence in that I know that it will be a little bit of a push and a different atmosphere, but if I put in the work this summer then I think it will go good.

AS: Now that it’s your final year in high school, what do you think you’ll miss most about competing for Biddeford?

LD: Definitely my teammates — they’re really funny and fun to be around. Our new coach is really nice and really supporting so I’ll miss having him support me too. 

— Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached atasponseller@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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