By ERIC X. VICCARO
Versatility has been the key to success for Ste. Genevieve High School track and field athlete Megan Aubuchon.
“She’s been a utility (athlete) for us,” said Dragons’ head coach Tyne Huck. “You can put her anywhere, and she’s going to put up some numbers.”
Aubuchon competes in both hurdles distances, high jump, triple jump and the 1,600-meter relay.
Such versatility made Aubuchon desired by college recruiters, and Megan signed with Central Methodist University in Fayette during a special ceremony in the R.W. Thomas Projection Room last Tuesday.
“At Central Methodist, I’m not sure what events I will be doing,” Aubuchon noted. “But, the coach said I’m probably going to be a heptathlete, so I will be in multiple events.”
The daughter of Barb Aubuchon, Megan Aubuchon reported she will be an education major at CMU.
Eagles’ head track and field coach Kenny Anderson welcomed Aubuchon with open arms on Twitter last week, re-tweeting a short Ste. Genevieve Herald video.
Anderson used the hashtag, “Come earn your wings.”
Aubuchon has been involved with track and field since seventh grade, and she enjoys what it provides.
“I like how competitive each event is, and how it is both a team and individual sport,” she said. “Nobody really talked me into doing track, I’ve always wanted to do it considering I always liked racing other people during recess.”
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic forced Aubuchon to miss her junior season.
However, Aubuchon registered some stellar numbers as a sophomore, including a personal-best time of 14.9 in the 100-meter hurdles.
Other career-bests for Aubuchon are a time of 46.76 in the 300 hurdles, a mark of 5-foot, 4-inches in the high jump and 33-11 3/4 in the triple jump.
At the Class 3A state meet a couple of years ago, Aubuchon and her Dragon teammates dodged severe weather in Columbia — making the finals of the 1,600-meter relay.
Graduate Julia McKlin and current teammates Marysa Flieg, Maci Reynolds and Aubuchon clocked in with a time of 4:10.53. Aubuchon ran the third leg.
“She’s sells herself,” Huck said regarding Aubuchon’s versatility. “She’s coachable, and she does so many different things.”
Aubuchon has shown great form and speed between the hurdles in those events, Huck noted. Megan’s basketball background has been an asset in both jumps.
“She’s a phenomenal athlete,” Ste. Genevieve head girls’ basketball coach Jordanna Walk-Robison said. “We try to use her speed and jumping ability whenever we can. She’s really come a long way since her freshman year.”
Ste. Genevieve has served as a diamond mine in track and field.
Steven Aubuchon is currently on the roster at Webster University in St. Louis. Former Dragon Hannah Duro competes in both sprints and javelin at Missouri Baptist.