© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Stephen Belyea runs to the front of the pack during a training exercise yesterday at ARHS. The track and field students were ‘Peeling the Banana,' whereby the student at the back of the pack sprints to the front, and when they make it to the front the next student at the back sprints to the front.
AMHERST - After training indoors all winter long, Stephen Belyea was in the great outdoors yesterday training with his Amherst Regional High School teammates.
The Grade 11 student goes into the high school track season with two gold medals under his belt, which he recently won at the Indoor Track and Field Atlantic Championships in Moncton. He won the medals after jumping 6.21 metres in the long jump and 13.24 meters in the triple jump.
Belyea is now ranked first in the triple jump in Atlantic Canada.
He attributes much of his success to the training he does with Steve LeBlanc two times a week at the Universite de Moncton.
"He's really helped with my technique and building strength," said Belyea. "He has me doing different jumps to help increase my flight time, which helps my mechanics when I'm in the air."
Leblanc is also helping with Belyea's approach so he hits the board with perfect timing.
"You can actually here a lot louder pop when you hit a good jump," said Belyea. "If you don't hit it (the board) properly it's not as loud."
Besides the long jump and triple jump, Belyea will also compete in the 100-metre run and the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay with ARHS.
"My goal is to make it to the Nova Scotia team and compete in the Legion Nationals," said Belyea.
The Legion Nationals are in Langley, B.C., in August.
More photos of the ARHS track team can be seen on the slide show at www.cumberlandnewsnow.com.