– April 26th, 2013 by Carly Stevens –
Track has championships on the brain
With the final stretch ahead, the Colby-Sawyer Track and Field team is sprinting forward with one of its largest rosters to date. Through the tough weather and lack of outside training, the Track and Field team members found themselves facing challenges that would impact their season, including the cancelation of a meet. However, with one regular season meet left, many members of the team are looking to quality for the upcoming New England, ECAC and NCAA championships.
Aside from the weather being a setback this year for many of the spring sports, Assistant Track and Field Coach Lyndsay Bisaccio remarked, “This season has been very successful. We have had a larger roster this year on both the men’s and women’s side and so that has really helped a lot. “
Junior Laura Tebbetts, who is a thrower for the team, expressed that the team works as a unit and supports each other in every event. Tebbetts added, “This has been an excellent season for the track and field team. With multiple records broken each meet to ECAC qualifications, the team has definitely been well represented.”
Head Coach Peter Steese observed, “We will be attending the meet at Regis College this coming Sunday, and we will be taking at least nine student athletes who have qualified to New Englands. Two of them have qualified for ECAC Championships, which extends beyond the New England region at this time, and one is ranked 22 in the NCAA.”
So what’s ahead for the team? On Sunday, April 28 the Track and Field team will be finishing up their season in the Regis Invitational at Regis College. Junior distance runner Emily Davis observed, ““I know how hard we all have been working and many of us just want to excel at this upcoming meet and finish strong”.
Those who qualify for their events will then begin the process of preparing for championships, which takes place starting with the New England Championships on May 3 in Waterville, Maine. Members of the team who continue to succeed in qualifications will then travel to Springfield, MA for the ECAC Championships. From there, qualifiers will enter the NCAA Championships, which will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.
With hard work seen all throughout the team, Track and Field is making it through the finish line with a positive attitude as they enter the conclusion of their season. Steese outlined some of the team’s goals stating, “By the end of the season we would like to have one of our athletes score at the New England Meet and in order to do that you have to be top 8 of all teams attending who have individuals who have qualified. In addition, we would like to attend ECACs with at least 2 athletes, and hopefully take one of them to the NCAA Championships.”
Though championships will be a challenge for the team, the support of each and every member is endless. Bisaccio added, “All three coaches hope to see as many qualifiers as possible head to New Englands and ECACs. We are also hoping for a successful final regular season meet this weekend at Regis with a lot of personal bests and school records.” Steese continued to add that with the spring weather finally arriving, he hopes the team remains injury free and both academically and athletically focused. Lets go Chargers!