By Meghan Creane
You’ve seen them running across campus in a herd, but have you seen them compete against other teams? The outdoor track and field’s 2013 season has already started with many nighttime practices in the field house, but the team is anxious to get outside. The team is looking for a strong start to their season with their many new freshman arrivals. As Kyle Tevlin, ‘15 says, “My expectations for this year are to improve from last year. We have a solid crew with a bunch of talent so we should really make an impact in the Liberty League.” Vinny Vivenzio ‘14 has a “personal expectation of qualifying for the ECAC’s.” These goals are completely attainable for a team that, according to Madelin Frieze ‘15, is “small, but dedicated.” Frieze has faith that the team will improve based on the “practice and 7am lifts to prepare [them] for outdoor.”
The team has a strong set of both runners and field athletes, including javelin, shot-put and long jump. Last year Union came in fifth at the Track and Field Liberty League Championship, but many members of the team believe they can do much better this year with the talent they have on the team. Tevlin is, “most excited to compete against RPI because of the rivalry” and also because as a javelin thrower he looks forward to competing against good “throwing programs.”
Frieze is looking forward to competing against Wesleyan, her sister’s alma mater. Frieze is expecting it to “be good competition” since “they always put on a good invitational.”
Although the practices are rigorous, the team manages to stay light hearted thanks to the great coaching staff. Tevlin says one of his favorite memories of the team is, “Coach Riggi’s number one rule, which is don’t kill coach [Riggi] during javelin practice.” Vivenzio also has many fond memories of team bonding, including a rousing game of “ninja after a meet last outdoor season.” Vivenzio loved to see that the game “bonded [the] team and made [them] all closer.”
With a fifth place finish last season, the team has more motivation than ever to run faster, jump higher and throw farther than ever before. Be sure to come out and support your Dutchmen and Dutchwomen as they fight to win the Liberty League this season.