Ex-pole vaulter to try long distance

Posted Jan. 20, 2010, at 10:35 p.m.

Brewer High assistant track coach Danielle Lainez is heading back overseas in February.

Lainez, who starred in track and field at Brewer and Bangor High, is going to South Korea to teach English.

“I’ve never been to Asia, I’m fascinated by their culture and I want to know more about it,” said Lainez, who is working with Brewer’s pole vaulters and long and triple jumpers.

Lainez, a former Class A state record holder in the pole vault, taught English in Spain from October 2008 until June 2009.

“I could go to Boston and I could go to New York to find this sort of diversity, but there’s something about the landscape [in Asia] that’s so pure,” she said.

Lainez had traveled before moving to Maine at age 8. She was born in Florida and then lived in El Salvador for three years. After graduating from Bangor High, she studied in Spain while attending East Carolina University.

Lainez will teach for a year in Anyang, located about 14 miles south of Seoul, South Korea’s largest city.

“I really like to travel, that’s my drug of choice,” she said. “I don’t speak any Korean but I’ve got a couple of books, hopefully that’s going to help.”

Lainez once held Eastern Maine Indoor Track League and state records in the pole vault.

Her EMITL record, 10 feet, stood until Orono’s Rachel Bergman cleared 10-1 in 2005 while the Class A standard, formerly 10-6, is now held by Bethany Dumas of Cony (12-7½).

Lainez led Brewer to an EMITL title in 2002-03 as a junior while helping Bangor to a similar finish a year later. The Rams also finished second in Class A in 2003-04.

Lainez is enjoying her first experience in the coaching ranks as a volunteer, and says it enhances her teaching skills that she can cite some of her own athletic experiences.

“Coaching track allows me to tap into that,” she said. “In the classroom, it’s more kind of audiovisual. Coaching is kind of different, getting to deal with different situations and kids and finding a way to tell them what I want them to remember.”

She says her experiences make her students more receptive.

“I’m really lucky to have athletes [who] listen to me and consider what I say,” said Lainez, currently living in Brewer with family.

Changes to B2B registration

There will be modifications to how runners can register for the Beach to Beacon 10K road race, set for Aug. 7 in Cape Elizabeth.

Race director Dave McGillivray, president Dave Weatherbie and founder Joan Benoit Samuelson devised a process to allow Cape Elizabeth residents to sign up first, followed by the general public and then a lottery for remaining slots.

All registration will be done online at www.beach2beacon.org.

Starting at 8 a.m. Friday, March 12, Cape Elizabeth residents will have a 24-hour opportunity to sign up with 600 bib numbers available.

A day later, also at 8 a.m., up to 4,000 members of the general public can register. Once the online limit of 4,600 is reached, other race hopefuls will be entered into a lottery, which will distribute 1,500 bib numbers.

The deadline to sign up for the lottery is March 20 with the drawing a day later.

The remaining 900 bib numbers — the field has been increased to 7,000 this year — will be set aside for runners who have run in the 12 previous Beach to Beacons, sponsors, elite athletes and charities.

The entry fee will remain $35.

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