By Daniel Jaillet
What a four years it has been for Worcester State indoor track captain and senior Samuel Weeks.
A native of Methuen, Massachusetts, Weeks was a dual-sport athlete during his time at Worcester State, where he served as the football captain this past season and achieved success on the gridiron.
But it’s on the track where he really made his mark.
He began his track career in high school, and to say he was something of a hidden gem would be an understatement.
“To be honest not many schools looked at me for track. They looked at me more for football but Bridgewater and Umass Lowell were the only two that I know besides Worcester State,” said Weeks.
In the end, he chose Worcester State due in part to his familiarity with the program. Shawn McCabe, who was part of the Lancers indoor track program from 2010-2014 as a thrower, was one of the reasons why Weeks decided to become a Lancer.
“I knew the throws coach (McCabe) prior to coming to Worcester State. He was from Lowell, a city not too far from mine, so having him there made the adjustment from high school to college a little easier,” said Weeks.
Weeks’ commitment to the Lancers has earned him numerous accolades throughout his career, but he continues to put his nose to the grindstone and work hard every day. Determined would be a great way to describe him as “doing just enough to get by” does not seem to cut it for him.
“Perseverance. Everyday I work hard to better myself whether it be in the gym, at practice, on the field or off the field,” Weeks said when asked about his keys to success. “You will always find me doing something. I try not to let negativity get to me and my dream.”
In this season alone, he was named MASCAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week five times, and on Monday February 27, he was given the award for the second week in a row.
Still, Weeks can pick out one moment that he says is by far the most memorable of his track career.
“I have a ton of memorable moments, but I would say [the Division 3 New England Championships on Feb. 18] had to be the best,” said Weeks. “I was able to win in both shot put and the weight throw while breaking the weight school record.”
With all Week’s success, it may seem as though his accolades are unachievable. However, as Weeks notes, as long as you stay the course and work for what you want, anything is possible.
“If you have a dream, never give up on it,” said Weeks.
Weeks’ hard work is having a positive effect on his teammates too. Patrick Tuohy, a sophomore and one of Weeks’ teammates in outdoor track and field, has taken notice of his commitment to the sport and the time and effort he puts in.
“I would say Sammy is the hardest working kid on the team,” Tuohy said.” You always see him on the field outside of practice just trying to get better because he just wants to be the best. I can tell his work has paid off considering he is on his way to Chicago for nationals.”
Marcus Vieria, a sophomore who is also one of Weeks’ teammates, has nothing but good things to say about him.
“Sammy has been my captain for two years. He’s soft-spoken and leads through results,” Vieria said. “The reason Sammy is such an amazing athlete is because he will take the time to master even the smallest imperfections that most people would pass over. “
Vieria thinks that with hard work and determination, Weeks has helped both the football and track programs build for the future.
“Through the precedent he set, our football and track [teams] should continue to persevere and prosper,” Vieria said.