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Taking talents to next level

Robertson-McIntire makes pitch for fast dash to St. Joseph's College

Soon-to-be Belfast Area High School graduate to compete in soccer, track and field for Monks
By Mark Haskell | May 20, 2020
Photo by: Mark Haskell Junne Robertson-McIntire.

Belfast — Reigning Courier Publications/VillageSoup high school girls athlete of the year Junne Robertson-McIntire, who has surged past defenders on the soccer pitch and opponents on the track, is about to hurdle to a new home.

Robertson-McIntire, who graduates from Belfast Area High School in a few weeks, will take her multiple athletic talents south to St. Joseph’s College in Standish, where she will join the Monks' women's soccer and track-and-field programs.

This year, as a senior, Robertson-McIntire, who also has competed in basketball and wrestling in high school, picked up where she left off during her award-winning junior campaign as she was named Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B first-team all-conference in soccer and indoor track, in addition to winning conference championships in the 55 and 200 meters and a state title in the 55 meters.

Now, the Lion prepares to become a Monk.

“I am extremely excited,” said Robertson-McIntire, who plans to major in business. “I want to be able to play on a team for as long as I can.”

Robertson-McIntire committed to the St. Joe's soccer squad in November, but “I hadn’t really decided if I wanted to do track or not.”

However, when the Maine Principals’ Association canceled the spring sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic — which effectively, and prematurely, ended her track career — she decided to make the jump.

That, and the opportunity to work with Monk assistant coach Kate Hall, a Maine native and national champion long jumper at the high school and collegiate levels, was too much to pass up.

“I have done private lessons with her before and she is an awesome coach,” said Robertson-McIntire. “She is very inspirational.”

Robertson-McIntire said she likely will “be playing mostly wing and striker because they need speed up top,” while she will focus on short sprints and long jump in track and field.

She is the daughter of Jane Robertson and Gary McIntire of Belfast.

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