This is going to be Nefertitia Phair's year. At least that's what she's hoping.
Phair is a junior at Ellet and last year she had a solid season by finishing runnerup in the shot put at the Division I district meet in Austintown. In fact, Phair's toss (38-8) was tied with Twinsburg's Leah Love but Love had a better throw during seeding. Still, Phair qualified for regionals and although she came up short in qualifying for the state meet in Columbus, she said she's motivated this year.
``I want to break the school record, which is 38-10,'' Phair said, as she competed in a three-way meet Tuesday at Ellet against Buchtel and Firestone. ``My personal best is 38-8,'' she said. ""And my other goal is to get to state.''
Phair said she's going to put in the work this season so that she gets that opportunity. Yet, as proud as Phair is of her accomplishments last year, she's just as proud of her work outside of track, more specifically, her job as an employee at McDonald's on East Market Street and Mogadore Road, not far from the high school.
And Phair proudly stated, with big smile, that she does it all at the fast food restaurant. So I asked her, ""Can you make an ice cream cone so it's not lopsided and ready to fall over before I even take one lick?'' Her response, ""I can do it with no problem.''
""OK, can you make a McFlurry so it's extra flurry,'' I asked. She laughed hysterically and responded, ""I can hook you up.''
Then, my last question was, ""So, when the timer on the fries goes off, and it's beeping like crazy and no one goes over to take them off the rack, do you know how to take them off that little rack, shake the grease off and dump them into the tray?'' She answered, ""Of course. I told you, I can do it all.''
Her attitude was refreshing and as long as she can apply that same work attitude that she has at McDonald's to the track, she'll be well on her way this year.[ep