By Ali Brustowicz
This past weekend, a select few from Union’s Track and Field team participated in the elite ECAC Championship, held at RPI this year.
Union had two throwers that participated in the highly competitive championship, as well as three runners from the men’s team and one runner from the women’s team.
Thrower Michael Goldstock ’17 took home a huge win this weekend, winning first place in the javelin throw and becoming the number-one ranked thrower in the nation.
He threw an incredible distance of 65.60 meters, which was six meters more than the second-place winner. His throw is not only a personal record but also a new Union Track and Field record, as well.
Goldstock remarked, regarding his success, “Winning the ECACs was a great feeling. I was proud and honored to have been wearing the Union uniform while throwing this past week. When I heard the first mark that reached past 60 meters, I was overjoyed because it was my first time ever throwing over 200 feet [60.96 meters] in a competition.”
Due to his great accomplishment, Goldstock will be heading out to Delaware, Ohio, on May 18, where the NCAA Division III Championship will be taking place.
When asked about the upcoming meet, Goldstock stated, “Being the top thrower in the nation has lifted my spirits, and I have never been more excited to throw at a meet on the national level. I am very nervous, but I believe that with the motivation I have and the work I have put in this past year, I will be able to overcome the butterflies in my stomach and throw well at nationals.”
As a new face in the Union program, Goldstock has already made a name for himself and set the bar high for other competitors.
When asked, Goldstock credits much of his success to throwing coach Heather Maffei, but also credits the team’s seniors and captains. He stated, “I would also like to thank the leaders on the team: Alex Papalian ’14, Tosin Kazeem ’14, Joshua Rose ’14 and especially Dylan Schuck ’14 who all pushed me and made me strive for greatness. Without their leadership and their constant desire to do even better, I do not know if I would have worked as hard as I have.”
With the seniors graduating and this season coming to an end, Goldstock will lead the throwers in the seasons to come.
Competing in the javelin event alongside Goldstock was Captain Dylan Schuck. After being out since the fall due to an ACL injury, Schuck still qualified to compete in the selective ECAC Championship.
He finished in eighth place overall, with a throw of 51.92 meters.
Jesse Coull ’16 had an impressive meet. Competing in the 10K, Coull finished strong with a personal record of 32:07.66, earning him fourth place in the competition.
Joshua Rose, new to track this year, qualified for the ECAC Championship. He ran the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.12 seconds, earning himself 12th place.Captain Tosin Kazeem qualified for the final rounds of the 100-meter dash, finishing the championship in eighth place, with a time of 11.06 seconds.
On his success and the team’s success this season, Kazeem stated, “This past year has probably been one of the best in Union Track and Field history. Numerous school records have been broken across the board, and, on top of that, we’ve probably had even more personal bests.
“The program looks to be in great hands moving forward, and I look to see the team have even more success in the future.”
Representing Union’s Women’s Track and Field team was Noemie Bechu ’17. Though new to the program, Bechu has certainly proven herself as being one of Union’s most talented runners.
Bechu qualified for the 200-meter dash and ran a time of 25.52 seconds, placing in 10th place.
When asked about the team and next season, Bechu commented, “I think the team had a great season, especially at ECACs, where we had a lot of strong performances and [personal records], especially Mikey [Goldstock], who solidified his spot at nationals.
“I’m really excited for next year, to see everyone’s times drop and especially to keep improving on our 4×2 and 4×4 records!
“It won’t be the same next year without all the great seniors we had this year, but hopefully we’ll have some exciting first years coming in.”