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Claire Goss: The Athlete Boss

In the first two games of the soccer season, PG Claire Goss ’13 scored four goals. She had a hat trick in her first game against Milton and scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Westminster.

An Idaho native, Goss completed her junior and senior years of high school within one calendar year so she could come to Deerfield.

When asked what her motivations were for coming here, Goss said, “My dad graduated from Deerfield in ’77 and my older brother took a PG year at Exeter last year. I originally wanted to apply as a repeat junior, but my coach said that Dartmouth wanted me to graduate as a 2013.”

Goss started playing soccer at four years old. Starting in fifth grade, she drove two hours each direction (three times a week), to a club soccer team in Boise. Her club team, called FC Nova, won both the US Club Nationals and the National Series for soccer this past year.

Goss also runs track. Though she “likes soccer more,” she is skilled at short- and mid-distance track events, such as the 200 meter, the 400 X 4 meter relay, and the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Her best event is the 300 hurdles: “I ended up breaking my school record for the [300] hurdles last year. I was 0.3 seconds away from the [Idaho] state record and I was the back-to-back state champ.”

She brings the same desire to excel to Deerfield.

“I would love to break the Deerfield 300 hurdles record,” she said. “If I had been here to compete last year, my [300 hurdles] time would have won New Englands.”

If Goss could achieve a time comparable to her split time of 58.4 seconds in the 400 X 4m relay, she could break the girls’ school record.

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