Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Meet Report #8: Brockport January 23, 2016

Varsity continues march toward sectionals

Chalk up another "wow" meet for the BK indoor track team. Once again our athletes came out fast and ran to thirteen new personal records. With only a few weeks until sectionals, this team shows no sign of slowing down!

A word about our relays - Oh Relay! This has been a good season for our team as a whole but its our relay teams that have been working hard to overcome illness, injury, and long meets. All three boys relay teams are ranked in the Class D top-ten!

Here are the most current relay standings on the Class D leaderboard:
Boys 4x200 ranked #2...yes, #2 with a time of 1:41.93 (Mike, Dante, Ricky, Chris)
Boys 4x400 ranked #9 with a time of 4:08.56 (Ian P, Nick, Judah, Ramsey)
Boys 4x800 ranked #7 with a time of 9:58.87 (Sean, Owen, Matt, Yaak) - nice to see this relay team finally get a chance to run!

Girls 4x200 ranked #11with a time of 2:09.49 (Zoe, Jyl, Alicia, Sam)

Girls Varsity

The girls races this evening were highlighted by strong running the the 600 meter race. We had two runners in this race and came home with two PR's - Zoe improved her time to 1:55.37 and Alicia knocked nearly three seconds off her time to finish with 1:55.62.

Top Performances 

600 meter: Zoe, Alicia - both with new personal records. Zoe is ranked 11th in Class D, Alicia 13th.
55 Hurdles: Jyl and Alex remain competitive this season, striding closer to sectional qualification. Alex is ranked 23rd, Jyl 24th in Class D.

Boys Varsity

One of the most impressive runs at this meet belongs to Jack who cut his time in the 1600 meter race from 5:58.16 down to 5:45.65. The 1600 is a difficult race by itself and making this much of an improvement demonstrates strength and determination.

Top Performers
1000 meter: Sean finishing 19th. Ranked 18th in class D.
55 Hurdles: Ian stays in competition range and is ranked 11th in Class D.
300 meter: Judah runs to a PR
55 meter: Dante inches closer to breaking the seven second barrier with a PR time of 7.07 to finish 12th out of 124 athletes. Dante is now ranked 9th in Class D. Chris is ranked 14th. Nick also hit a PR in this race.
600 meter: Ramsey with a big PR to finish 20th. Ramsey is ranked 9th in Class D. PR's also achieved by Judah, Matthew, and Owen.
Shot Put: Chris tosses the shot to new lengths with a PR throw of 47 feet 6 inches, improving his standing by nearly twelve inches, to finish first. Ricky remains consistent, finishing 11th. Chris remains at the top of the shot put leaderboard and Ricky is ranked 8th in Class D.

Full results here

Senior Night and Modified Awards

Bishop Kearney Indoor Track and Field 
Senior Night
Modified Team Awards 

Dear athletes and family members - 

We will host our Senior Night on Friday January 29, 2016 at 5pm in the team room (A6). Varsity and modified athletes and families should attend. 

We need assistance with drinks (non-pop), cups, plates and plastic utensils. Pizza will be provided. 

Please RSVP to Coach Russotti by text or email
Seniors - please email a brief bio that includes your college plans and your favorite memory from track. 

Order of events:
Introduction of coaches
Introduction of seniors and family/pictures
Modified team awards from championship meet/pictures
Pizza and more pictures

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Meet Report #6 and #7

BK Modified comes up big at championship meet, varsity continues to push records

Modified Championships - 

BK modified team came away big at the championship meet. Team performance as well as individual effort has pushed this young group of athletes beyond expectations this year, finishing with 6 personal records set at this meet. Full results of the Modified Championship can be found here.

Boys team by the numbers - BK boys team finished 8th of 16 teams in overall competition. The boys efforts were punctuated by Evan taking 1st place in the 600 meter and 3rd place in the 300 meter. Jahlique scored big with a third place finish in the 55 meter. Our throwers, Gavin and Maggie, continue to build their distances. Gavin placed 9th overall with a new PR in the shot put.

Girls team by the numbers - BK girls team finished 11th in overall competition. There were several solid runs by our girls including Jenna who crushed the 600 meter race and finished 6th. Liliana ran to a 9th place finish in the hurdles.

Congratulations on a great season!

Varsity at RIT

The BK varsity team had a tough night at RIT on Saturday as we continue to be plagued by illnesses and a few injuries. These nagging issues are always difficult to deal with and are particularly frustrating at this time in the season. Despite our injury and illness, the varsity team set 18 PRs at this meet. Let that number sink in for a minute...18 PRs...last year we may not have set that many PRs all season. Although it seemed like we could have done better in this meet, we did just fine in the end. We still have a lot of work to do...

Our defining moments in this meet were many. Awal ran two of the best races (I think) of her season. Zoe and Alicia hit the 600 meter hard - Zoe finished 11 out of 43 and Alicia smashed her time by about 5 seconds, running under two minutes for the first time! Four of our girls hit PRs in the 55 meter, 3 more in the 300 meter, and our 4x200 set a PR. Not bad at all. 

Our varsity boys took their share of the action, too. Ian P ran to a 9th place in the hurdles; if not for a stutter step mid-race, I'm sure he'd be in the top 5. Work on that, Ian. We took two top ten spots in the 55 meter (Dante/Chris), had PRs set in the 300, 600, and 1600 - Jack took about 5 seconds off his 1600 time! Sean took a 9th place (out of 39) in the 1000 meter, too. This may come as a surprise, but Chris continues to dominate Class D shot put, finishing in first place at this meet. 

A special note to our 4x200 team - Your hand-offs were crisp and there was solid running all the way around the relay. Even with Ricky running on an injured leg you guys made it to 5th place. Not bad. But you can do better - and that other team knows it (you guys know who we're talking about). They can hear you coming and you'd better believe they are going to try to run away from you. They set the bar at a new height at this meet. Its our turn now. 

The second half of the season starts now and brings limited entry meets, meets with standards we'll have to qualify for. We will soon be facing sectionals and the pressure is now on to get qualified. Looking at the Leaderboard you can see that simply making a provisional time may not get you a place in sectionals. The competition is stiff this year. Provisional times may not be enough, we have to think and practice with bigger goals. 

We're off the the long weekend and will return to regular practice Tuesday. I expect each of you to be well rested, well fed, well hydrated and have your academics tuned up. Tuesday we start preparing each other for championships. 

Girls Varsity

Top Performances 
55 meter hurdles - PRs set by Awal
55 meter - PRs set by Awal, Sam, Jackie, and Rose.
300 meter - PRs set by Cindy, Jackie, Myah and Rose.
600 meter - Zoe finished 11 (out of 43) and a big PR by Alicia to finish 14th.
4x200 - Zoe, Sam, Alicia, Alex new PR!

Girls Modified Championships

Top Performers 
55 Hurdles - Liliana set a PR and finished 9th overall.
600 meter -  Jenna smashes time to a new PR!

Boys Varsity

Top Performers
55 meter hurdles - Ian P. with a 9th place finish
55 meter - Dante finishes 8th out of 78, new PR set by Chris (7.21) to finish 9th.
300 meter - New PRs set by Judah and Yaak.
600 meter - New PR set by Ian P.
1600 meter - New PR set by Jack.
1000 meter - Sean finished 9th out of 39 with a new PR, Yaak ran a PR.
4x200 - Dante, Mike, Ricky, Chris finished 5th place.
Shot Put - Chris finished 1st place.

Boys Modified

Top Performers 
600 meter - Evan runs to a PR and first place finish to capture championship!
55 meter - Jahlique takes third place.
300 meter - Evan captures third place with a new PR and Matt T set a new PR.
Shot Put - Gavin throws to a 9th place finish with a new PR.

Full results here

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Meet Report #4: The Rochester Relays January 2, 2016

Dante, Chris set records at Rochester Relays 

BK comes home with a 3rd place and two 8th place finishes 
Improving is not always about a personal best time or winning an event. Improving is measured in any positive change, however small, that leads you to becoming the student athlete you want to be.
Its been at least four years since Bishop Kearney Track and Field has competed in the famous Rochester Relays. We were able to compete in several events this year due to the quality of our athletes and size of our team. A meet unlike any other meet of the season, the Rochester Relays brings Class C and Class D athletes together to compete in each event as a team or relay. Times and distances of each athlete are combined to determine final results of each event.

BK athletes took on the challenge of this highly competitive meet in several events; girls 4x200 meter, boys 55 meter, boys shot put, and  boys 4x200/400/800.

Girls Varsity

Top Performances 
Due to a last minute schedule change and some quick work by Alex, our girls 4x200 team was able to compete. Zoe, Alex, Sam and Carleigh ran against teams from larges schools with at time of 2:09.92. The BK girls finished 15th overall against a tough field of relay teams.

A note of special thanks to Alex and her family for making the last minute adjustments that kept this relay team running!

Full results here

Boys Varsity

Top Performers
Boys 55 meter relay team finishes 8th overall. Dante sets new BK season record!
Dante, Chris, and Mike ran the 55 meter relay. Each athlete running in an individual heat with times combined to establish the final score. Dante continues his Personal Record streak by improving his time for the third meet in a row. Dante ran the 55 meters in 7.13 seconds (new season record) to place 14th out of 69 runners in individual competition. Chris ran a 7.38 to finish 28th and Mike ran 7.5 to finish 32nd.

The team of Dante, Chris, and  Mike finished 8th (of 36 teams) in overall relay competition!

Boys Shot Put relay finishes 3rd overall. Chris sets new BK season record!
The shot put relay has two throwers combining their best distances for overall ranking. Defending Class C champion, Chris, threw for 46 feet 7 inches to set a new season record. Chris placed second in overall competition behind Class C's Batavia. Ricky continued his steady performance with a throw of 34 feet 9.25 inches to finish 16th overall.

The Shot Put team of Chris and Ricky finish 3rd (of 36 teams) in overall relay competition!

Boys 4x200 relay finishes 8th overall.
Mike, Freddy, Ricky, and Dante put on a strong run against a large, competitive field in the boys 4x200 meter relay. A good start with solid middle-running was punctuated by a come-from-behind finish by Dante in the last leg of the relay to secure an 8th place finish with a time of 1:44.18.

Boys 4x400 relay finishes 11th overall. 
The 4x400 team of Ian P., Scott, Nick, and Judah finished just out of scoring range with a time of 4:20.88.

Boys 4x800 relay. 
The team of Sean, Owen, Jack and Matt G, had to overcome illnesses as well as the clock in this difficult race. They finished with a time of 10:28.01 and are looking forward to running this again when all are healthy.

Full results here