Season’s new rebuilding and leadership system prove promising for Boys’ and Girls’ track

By Jen Maxwell
Published: February 2010

Having implemented a new system to stress safer training and to rebuild leadership in light of losing many valued graduates, the Boys’ and Girls’ Indoor Track teams look forward to competing at the Dual Country League (DCL) Championships on February 13.

The Girls’ Indoor Track team maintains an undefeated record, and the boys’ team holds merely one loss this season.

The Boys’ team already boasts four runners who have qualified for Nationals.

These achievements show the dedication and perseverance that each member of the team puts forth each day during the winter season.

“As a team we’ve impressed a lot of people because they didn’t think we would be winning as much as we did, freshman Noah Rivkin said.

Similarly, junior Jeff Alkins was surprised by this year’s success.

“I honestly thought this year would be a rebuilding one, for the boys specifically, he said. “We have a lot of younger kids who have really stepped up to the challenge of running with and against upperclassmen, not to mention our junior and senior classes, who have done their best to fill the void left by the Class of ‘Ëœ09.

New teammates have stepped up as leaders and captains, according to junior Jojo Lee.

By the looks of their record, the emergence of new leaders has proved to be effective in the team’s success.

In addition to stepping into leadership positions and training newer runners, junior David Melly describes the new system as being more “injury-conscious.

Melly recounts how in the past years, there have been many issues due to injuries.

Recently, however, the coaching staff has made sure that each athlete is ready to run.

“We have been blessed with excellent, top-level coaching, and a constant stream of talent through the program, Melly said.

“The coaches, have all done a great job of setting goals for the team and individuals, not lowering expectations for us, Alkins said.

The team hopes to win, but it is also focusing on other goals such as the league sportsmanship award.

“Sportsmanship is a characteristic we value greatly in our program, junior Kathy O’Keefe said.

Despite the loss of many track stars from the Class of 2009, the indoor track team has persevered and is hoping to win the DCL Championships again this year.

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