By Danielle Coppola
With freezing temperatures and snow on the ground Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field are starting off strong- already setting personal and school records. This past weekend they excelled at the Hamilton Invitational.
On the Men’s side, sprinter Tosin Kazeen ’14 finished third in the sixty-meter dash, qualifying himself for the NYSCTC Championships. New addition to the men’s track and field team Josh Rose ’14 performed admirably as well, finishing ninth in the two hundred meter dash.
Jesse Coull ’16 continued his impressive bout in both indoor track and cross-country finishing fourth in the one-mile race with a time of 4:27.03! Mitchell Finitz ’16 overcame his personal best in the one-mile race finishing with a time of 4:30.26. Long jumper Ricco Pierre ’16 placed eighth against his competition, jumping an impressive 6.14 meters.
Pierre is “hoping to jump a 6.5 meter jump and work my way up from there.”
Coull has also set a personal goal of qualifying for the ECAC Championships in the three-kilometer and five-kilometer races, as well as “breaking the school indoor 5km record.”
Both Pierre and Coull are pleased with the season so far, Pierre noting “we have a great team bond and a lot of amazing new athletes on our team. The coaching staff is great, and we are all working hard to achieve a goal of getting better than when we started.”
On the Women’s side, Noemie Bechu ’17 broke her previous record of 27.09 seconds in the two hundred yard dash at 26.65 seconds to qualify for the ECAC Championships. Bechu also participated in the 4×200 relay, along side Natalia Ciesielska ’17, Hannah Nejar ’15, and Madeline Frieze ’15 to qualify for the NYSCTC and ECAC Championships.
The strong performance of the rely team was the highlight of the Hamilton Invitational on the women’s side completing one of the team goals of getting a “bunch of people to the ECACs in Boston” as explained by Frieze.
Similar to the feelings or Pierre, Frieze excitedly shared that the women “had a great start to the season, with people setting personal records and school records in these first few meets.
The team has good energy and I think it’s helping everyone push to reach that next level. I’m excited to see what people can do in the next few weeks!”
It is this kind of enthusiasm for the team that evidently leads to success in such events as the 4×200 rely, of which Frieze was a participant.
She is also personally looking to lower her time in the 400 meter race, something she is hoping will come with the constant healing and strengthening of a hamstring issue she has been suffering from since last season.
Next week’s meet at MIT is one that both Frieze and Finitz, on the men’s side, are looking forward to. Frieze’s family will be in the stands watching her race and hopefully giving her the encouragement she needs to qualify for the ECAC Championships in the 400.
While Finitz is looking forward to testing his strengths against “a couple of high school teammates that run for schools in Boston.”
Despite the emotions that will obviously be involved for both Frieze and Finitiz next weekend, Pierre puts it best by saying that he looks “forward to every meet because with every meet comes with an opportunity to do better than before.”