Presque Isle, ME – The UMPI community is pleased to announce that Autumn Paul of Ellsworth High School will be participating in Owls Track and Field beginning with the 2021-22 season. Autumn is a product of the perennially strong Penobscot Valley Conference Ellsworth program that has a long-standing record of producing strong student-athletes.
UMPI track coach Chris Smith saw Autumn's results improve over the last two years and contacted her when he saw she was interested in UMPI. "My sports have the benefit of hard numbers to indicate an athlete's progress and success, and Autumn has shown great potential as a thrower," said Smith. "After speaking with her by phone I realized that she was a very motivated individual who would further her goals and those of UMPI track and field."
"Autumn is a hard-working, gentle soul. She helps others and is a patient, amazing leader", states her Ellsworth throwing coach, Lindsay Corson. She further indicates that she "looks forward to coaching [Autumn] every day". Corson says that an Eagles teammate feels that after first joining the track team last year that she remembers "envying Autumn's athletic ability and attitude at meets. Every time I had to compete against her, I knew she'd beat me, but she would make me feel like I was the best competitor out there. Anyone who comes across Autumn has the pleasure of being in her presence and positive attitude".
Autumn's initial attraction to track and field was due to seeing two older sisters' involvement in the sport, and she felt that she "was always sure to follow what they had done". She states, "When I was old enough I joined. I have been doing track since 5th grade so for about 7 years, ever since I started track, I would watch my sisters throw. My first goal was to hit 85 feet in discus which is what my oldest sister's record was, and I succeeded in passing that record with flying colors. I can't wait to continue what I like doing most next year." Coach Smith says, "Autumn will bolster the quality of our team and will add to the positive attitude required for our program to succeed. She is a welcome addition to our family".
We in Owls Athletics and track and field welcome Autumn to our UMPI community!