Track seniors take leadership roles in final season

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After months of preparation in winter track, members of the spring track team are looking forward to maximizing their results in the upcoming season. Seniors finishing off their high school careers are especially looking to make their final seasons memorable. “As seniors, we are trying to make the most of our last track season, so we’re bringing that motivation to the rest of the team,” said Co-Captain Maia Hauschild ’16, who runs the 200 and 400-meter sprinting events. “Also, in our heads we have nothing to lose, so we just are going for it.”

Acting as mentors, the seniors take on important roles to lead the team to success and to help the team maintain a competitive mindset throughout the entire season. “We are role models [for our] … teammates who are younger than us, and we set examples for them to follow through the future,” said Co-Captain Jordan Vine ’16, who runs the 100, 200, and 400-meter sprinting events.

In order to make the best out of its season, the team is focusing on the improvement of every member. Vine believes that the team needs to work on its overall mental performance, and both Hauschild and Lou Mialhe ’16, a distance runner, think that the team should strengthen up, keep its training consistent, and rebuildespecially for those who did not compete as much in the winter season.

“On the surface, [track is] not a team sport, but when everyone works together and tries to push each other, once you see the guy next to you trying harder and trying to get faster, that pushes you to try to do well, and it’s a chain reaction. One guy pushing up can help the whole team improve,” said Jeremy Cohen ’16, who competes in the long jump and the 100, 200, and 400-meter sprinting events.  

The main goal of Aidan Donahue ’16 for the team is for everyone to work together to achieve more personal records. “Setting up the team to be really great in the future is a big goal of mine,” said Donahue, who runs the 800 and 1600-meter events.

Overall, Donahue’s goals are to improve team scores and challenge other runners to compete at the highest level.

Both the boys team and the girls team look to build on a tradition of success in past years with contributions by newcomers as well as veterans, according to Head Coach Rashone Johnson. “We had a solid year last year and we’re looking forward to having a solid year again,” Johnson said. “We have some good talent coming back and we have some new people coming into the program this year. I want to see who takes advantage of the moment and really rises to the occasion.”

Johnson is optimistic about the upcoming season, even though the team will face many obstacles as a result of its change in both group and section. The team is competing in Central Jersey Group 3 during the spring, while it was North Jersey Section 2 Group 3 during the winter. “We’re not going against the same competition as last year, so it’s going to be a new experience for all of us. Even though we just won the section in the winter, we’re in a totally different section for everything in the spring,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be a lot of excitement; we’re going to rise to the occasion and see how well we can handle the rigors of the new group.”

 

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