By Tori Sheldon
Tuesday, February 17th was the end for the majority of the Winter Track Team.
Over 60 IHA students were a part of the winter track team this year. They began practice in early December, having their first meet later that month. All athletes trained daily with a variation of both running workouts and weight training. As the season developed a majority of the athletes in both sprinting and distance were able to obtain and break their previous personal records.
Not only did they beat their own times, they also beat the times of their competitors. Both Colleen Buckley and Giavanna Tabbachino recently qualified and ran in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. It is an annual statewide meet in which only the top six athletes of each event compete.
Similarly, the varsity Distance Medley Relay (DMP) has qualified for Eastern States. The DMR consists of Aine Tucker, Colleen Buckley, Giavanna Tabbachino, and Colleen Buckley. They qualified early in the season and are scheduled to run this Saturday at the New York City Armory.
To qualify for the major meets and even to be on the team is a huge commitment as it would be in any sport. Student athletes use a lot of their free time practicing and going to meets. They are accustomed to the day-to-day runs as well as Saturday workouts and Sunday long runs. Although the training is tough and the sport is time consuming, all of the runners can agree that running becomes part of their lifestyle.
IHA’s winter track athletes have had a more than successful season, and although the season is ending, the love they have for the sport will continue to grow.
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