Before each track meet Spring Valley’s track and field athlete Natanaelle Germain writes Hebrew Bible verse 12:1 on her legs.
The verse reads, “…And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Germain’s faith has led her to many accomplishments on and off the track.
With only the outdoor track and field season left before she graduates, this week’s Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week has one more goal in mind — taking the school’s girls high jump record with her.
“I have to step it up before I graduate,” Germain said. “I would like to leave a legacy here.”
Germain’s personal best jump of 5 feet 2 inches is an inch away from doing just that.
“I like to push myself,” Germain said. “I know if I want to do anything I have to put in the work.”
Germain placed first in the high jump at the Rockland County Championships at the Armory with a leap of 4-10.
The 5-3 senior has always tried to push herself to the limit, even when her body didn’t comply.
Germain has been battling a knee injury suffered during rehearsal for the Rock Apostolic Church dance team. But it is her faith and perseverance that has helped her see it through to this point.
“I slightly twisted my knee the day I jumped 5-2,” Germain said. “I’m fortunate enough to have Howard Arciniegas as an athletic trainer. He gave me a routine of strength exercise to follow as well as informed me of what I need to do to prevent further injury.”
Her ability to look adversity in the face molded her into leader for Spring Valley, something coach Andrew Delva will miss when she attends Siena College in the fall.
“She is our Tim Tebow,” Delva said. “She takes a big role in helping out the coaches, especially with the high jump practice.”
“The team is only as strong as the weakest link and at practice I don’t want to see people get discouraged from trying hard.” Germian said. “I like being a motivator.”
Her passion for church and track is evident on Sundays during the indoor track season.
“If we had a track meet in the afternoon she would attend church in the morning,” Delva said. “After that she would rush to the bus and change from her church clothes into her track warm-ups.”
Her dedication and hard work is not only restricted to the track and church. Germain prides herself in being a leader in the classroom, too.
Germain’s cumulative grade average is currently at 97 and she is enrolled in the New Visions Health Medical Careers Program, a high school program which gives students the opportunity to experience a day in a life of different medical careers.
Germain’s career aspirations is to be an orthopedic surgeon.