One of the nine captains of the track and field team, Annefleur Hartmanshenn ’17 is looking forward to the season because of how hard the team has worked to reach this level throughout the course of the year.
“The hundreds and thousands of miles we’ve ran have led us to this season where we finish. It’s the home stretch, so we have to give it all we have — every single workout — to run as fast as we can on race day,” Hartmanshenn said.
The track and field team is hoping to continue the trend of its seasonal counterparts by having team members compete in the Meet of Champions, a culmination of all the work that is put in throughout the year.
“We’ve always been one of the top teams in the county,” said Head Coach James Smirk. “The tough part is winning a championship there. Often we will be strong in one area, but not quite be able to crack these points in the other areas…it’s really going to come down to who on that day have the best performances.” Smirk said.
In the fall, the boys’ cross country team brought home its first Mercer County title since 1992, the Central Jersey, Group IV sectional title, the Group IV state title, and the NJSIAA Meet of Champions title. The boys’ and girls’ cross country team both won The Times of Trenton Team of the Year for boys/girls cross-country, respectively. This past winter, the track team placed in several events, including a sectional title for the boys. Now, coming into spring, all of the track and field athletes at PHS are looking to end the year with even more positive results.
“No runner has gotten here by magic; there was no fairy dust or anything like that, these kids all worked their way to this competitive level, and so we need to make sure we carry that tradition all the way through,” Smirk said.