By Christina Wu ’19
With the end of the outdoor season approaching, the girls track team managed to seize first place at the Selman Meet on Saturday May 12 and second place at Brooklyn Borough Championships on Saturday May 19.
The girls prepped for the meet with extensive training at Wingate field. Coach Harry A. Singer put emphasis on events that are not necessarily focused on by other teams, including the high jump, triple jump, steeplechase, and hurdles. Other coaches rarely put their athletes in these events because it requires time and effort to teach the students the proper form and techniques. Nonetheless, Chase Ware ’18 placed third for high jump in varsity.
Ware stated, “Even though we had no place to practice high jump, I placed because jumping comes easily to me.”
The lack of proper equipment set the team back because they are restricted from practicing and perfecting their techniques. In most cases, the girls learn to substitute the nonexistent hurdles and sand pits to further prep them for their events.
“On Saturdays, we occasionally have an extra day of practice because there is no sand pit at Wingate,” said Annecia Smalls ’20. “In order for us, long jumpers, and triple jumpers to have practice we have to travel to Red Hook.”
However, the girls learned to overcome this difficulty on May 12, when they surprised the coaches and themselves by winning the meet. Dayahana Douglas ’21 placed first in the 100, as well as the 200, with a 12.98 in the 100 and a 27.34 in the 200. Adja Thomas ’20 won third in shot put with a 24` 1“. These outstanding performances, along with many others, allowed the team to gain points and defeat their competitors.
Thomas stated, “To practice for shot put, I rehearsed the drills that my coach taught me at home and at regular practice, I used the shot put provided to work on my form for meets.”
As the school year comes to an end, the girls still have to race through the final stretch, City Championships. City qualifiers have one more chance to compete on Sunday May 27 at Icahn Stadium. Those who qualified are Imma Ruiz ’19 for the 800, Simiana Carter ’18, Ruiz, Mackenzie Evans ’18, and Smalls for the 4 by 4 relay, Douglas for the 100, Aysegul Yumusak ’20 for racewalk, Thomas for javelin, and Carter, Nayhla Nazon ’19, Evans, and Douglas for the 4 by 1 relay.
“I had to do a lot of work on my own and I looked back on my split in order figure out what part of my race I had to improve on,” Ruiz states. “With the help of my friends who told my splits, I was able to know how to pace myself to my race. Working out with my relay helped me work on my speed and allowed me to push past my limits.”
The girls are even more pumped for City Champs and can’t wait to take home the win.