Track and Field Completes Season in Style

Sarah Kahl

The men and women’s track and field team had a very successful North Coast Athletic Conference meet this past weekend. The men’s team finished in an impressive fourth place, a mere six points out of third.

“Our success at conference definitely showed all the hard work we’ve put in,” said senior captain Daniel Johnson. “It reflected how much we’ve worked, and how we’ve been competing as well.” Johnson came in second in the steeplechase, a 3000-meter event consisting of five large wooden barrels per lap and one jump into a water pit.

Jumping captain and senior Alexander Gou was also pleased with how conference went. “It sucks that people leave every year, but in the end other teammates step up to fill the void. Their role on the team changes in a huge way, and it’s a really cool transition to see,” said Gou. “You could see that with teammates this year.”

Guo capped off a stellar individual season, posting a personal best in the long jump and triple jump while winning both events.

“He’s a champ,” says Johnson.

The rest of the team also put together a strong showing. Senior Quinn Hull’s run in the 800 gave him an all-conference title, while junior Jimmy Taylor also received an all-conference title in the 1500. First-year Geno Arthur came in 4th in the 5K with a time of 15 minutes 23.10 seconds.

The women’s team also had great success at the meet: the Yeowomen were only seven points away from first place, finishing the year with a national ranking of 20th.

Junior Molly Martorella won the 1500 with a time of 4:33.12. “I think everyone was very pleased with the women’s team, they’ve just been having an awesome year,” mentioned Johnson.

The team also swept the podium in the 10K, with junior Lauren Taylor in first sophomores Lindsey Neal and Sarah Jane Kerwin in second and third, respectively. First-year Larisa Lewis also pitched in by coming in first in shot put with school record-breaking throw.

Although the heptathlon occurred before conference, points still countered towards the NCAC championship meet. First-year Caroline Summa earned second place in the seven-event race. The 4×400 meterrelay team also made a big statement, taking first place and potentially making nationals. “We’re super excited, we’re actually competing this weekend in order qualify. We all want it really badly, and I believe we can do it!” said first-year Deirdre Haren. Stay tuned next year for more impressive performances from the track and field team.