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Checking in with ... Topaz Baker (Grasso Tech)

(Editor's note: The Day will be publishing a profile of a spring athlete for each day the high school athletic season is suspended.)

School: Grasso Technical High School

Class: Senior

Sport: Girls' track & field

Events: 100, 200, 400 meters, 300 hurdles

College choice: Southern Connecticut State

Chosen major: Political science with a minor in criminal justice

Favorite sport besides track: Soccer, this was the first sport I ever played. I fell in love with a soccer ball ever since I first kicked it across the field.

Favorite high school class: Law, forensics

Checking in with Topaz: "What I was most looking forward to in the spring season were the long nights with my track family. After meets, we would all get on the bus and blast music and all have a good time. I was also looking forward to beating my past records in all of my events."

What you need to know about Topaz: Baker is a three-sport athlete at Grasso Tech, also competing in soccer and basketball. In addition she is in the U.S. Army National Guard, with plans to be a criminal investigator in the future, and she was one of Grasso's CIAC scholar-athlete recipients. The CIAC honored the state's scholar-athletes with a virtual presentation earlier in May. "I loved the virtual presentation of the scholar-athlete awards," Baker said. "I loved that with everything going on in the world, they still wanted to honor the scholar-athletes of the year." Baker calls her best moment in track just hearing her teammates and coaches cheering her on during a race. A Stonington resident, Baker followed her older brother and sister to Grasso Tech and is a member of the school's automotive technology program. "I am the only girl in my grade that's in my shop," she said. "... It wasn't easy competing against a bunch of guys, but it got easier. I have some of the best friendships with the people in my shop. We are like family. It definitely helps you get good at this field when you have everyone around you supporting you and wanting you to succeed." Baker is a member of Grasso's student and class councils, enjoys planning school dances and proms and loves to do her hair. "What I’d like to tell my track team is to never give up," she said. "Track is one of the hardest sports to succeed in, but being a part of a team that will support you through everything is one thing that will make it so much easier for you to meet your goals."

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