Boys Track Finishes Season Strong

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Rauful Hossain ’16 and Jared Benjamin ’16 placed third and fourth in the 1600m run at Brooklyn Champs.

By Vlad Slonovskyy ’17 and Caitlin Tsang ’17

As the boys of the track team dash across the track, they prepare themselves for the race to the finish line.

This season has been successful for some, but a failure for others. Some team members improved upon their personal bests, while others dealt with injuries that kept them from running.  Everyone on the team is encouraged to do their best while also enjoying the sport as much as possible.

“Indoor was a pretty great season… I had to deal with shin splints for a couple of weeks but ended up doing pretty great in the mile with a time of 5:18,” said Rodolfo Peña ’17.

Even if a member of the team is injured, they are encouraged to still attend practices and cheer on their fellow teammates during meets. During practices, members of the team are pushed to the summit of their athletic abilities through a mix of workout routines throughout the week.

To prepare the boys for races, Mr. Marc Cohen, their head coach, puts them through grueling workouts that test their abilties to the max. Monday and Wednesday focus on improving speed by having the team do short runs that range between 200 meters and 1000 meters as fast as possible, while the other days consist of relaxed runs lasting between 45 minutes and an hour. 

The latter are considered recovery days since they are much less intense.

“Even though the workouts are really long and tiresome, I’ve come to love the feeling of working until I’m about to collapse and spending time with the other people on the team,” said Jude Evangelista ’17.

By putting the team through these intense workouts, Mr. Cohen is able to ensure that everyone on the team is in top shape and is ready to compete. Everyone on the team is expected to show up to every practice and devote all of their energy to the workouts.

During the indoor season, the team took home the 1st place victory at the Brooklyn Champions tournament, which was held at The Armory, an indoor track in upper Manhattan on February 15st, 2016. To achieve this victory, 1st place was taken by the Hornets in events such as the 3200 meter, which was seized by Alexis Veliz ’16, and the 55-meter hurdle, which was secured by Tai Brown ’18. Following several other high-ranking finishes, the Hornets were able to achieve a total of sixty-four points and take home the trophy.

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