Sunday, February 21, 2016

BK ends 2016 in a big way

Bigger Team, Bigger Results

The 2016 indoor track season is now behind us yet, there is still much to be said. By every measure, the 2016 team was the best in recent Bishop Kearney history. The combined varsity/modified team numbered 43 athletes...last year we had 12. We set nearly 100 personal records this year. We qualified for sectional competition with 11 individual athletes and four relay teams. Five school records (based on available data) were set. Not bad at all. 

The impression of this season goes beyond times, numbers, and records. We can measure our success this season by how many teams (and coaches) were following our performances. There is no way for me to count the number of positive comments received from other coaches regarding our track program this year. For the first time in four-years as head coach, I can tell you that Bishop Kearney Track was seen as a formidable presence at every meet. 

We finished the season at the sectional meet with four athletes setting personal records. Our boys 4x200 meter relay finished 4th. We took two places in the shot, 2nd and 5th and finished 6th in girls 600 meter. The boys team finished 11th out of 25 teams in overall completion.  

Through your hard work and dedication you have legitimized our track program. Track is no longer seen as a "consolation sport" for those cut from other teams at BK. Rather, our track team has become known for academic strength, challenging workouts, and a fierce spirit of completion on the track. 

Our 2016 Top Performers include:
55 Meter Dash:  Dante Greene 7.03 
1000 M run:  Sean Carroll 2:55.91 
Shot Put:  Chris Jackson 47' 6" 

55 M Hurdles:  Jyl Russotti 11.03
600 M run:  Zoe Ferraro 1:53.17 

There are, of course, names that should be mentioned here; the names of athletes who may not have set records but certainly left their footprints on the Track. 

Matthew, Alicia and Ramsey spent much of the season refining and (nearly) perfecting the 600 meter. Qualifying and running in sectionals is truly an accomplishment. 
Yaak and Jack worked hard to make that 1600 meter run look easy. 
Jackie and Myah totally impressed the coaches throughout the season. Their ability to run just about any race or relay and strong work in practices made them stand-out members this year. 

A word about our seniors. 

Our seniors are the core of our team. Many of them have been with this team for four years or more. As you cross the finish line for the last time in their high school careers, know that you have all built this track program and are leaving a legacy for others to build upon. 

4x200 relay made a few teams know they were being hunted. 
Judah and Mike were fantastic additions to our team. Both seniors, both running track for the first time, these two made our relays competitive throughout the season. 
Owen continues to be a strong competitor with his uniquely quiet aggressive style. 
Ian P. was able to make it to sectionals in his event, the hurdles, and prove it can be done. 
Ricky surprised everyone with the ability to throw shot with the body of a distance runner. 
Berto quietly kept up the duty of team manager and ran a few good races, too. 
Chris remains our most decorated athlete and  record holding shot put thrower. 
Sean, our team captain, set the personal standards that we should all try to achieve. 

As your coach, I am thankful for being given the opportunity to work with all of you and will treasure our time as a team. 

A word about our coaches.

Coach Jenna and Coach Sloan made this season possible. Without the dedication of these two outstanding coaches we would not be the team we are. 

Coach Jenna brought a new smile and outlook to our training program. She quickly learned each athlete and brought her expertise and bright personality to each practice. We are blessed to have her...and happy she survived!

Coach Sloan...we'll he's Coach Sloan and there is just no way to improve on that!

Thank you, parents, for making the long trips and sitting at long meets. Your support and perseverance means the world to this team. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

2016 PPL Outdoor Track Schedule

PPL Track and Field Schedule 2016
We will be adding meets to this schedule

4:15pm start time
All participating schools must bring ONE official’s voucher to each meet they attend.

1. Thurs. April 14 @ Aquinas
2. Wed. April 20 @ Mercy
3. Wed. April 27 @ Mercy
4. Wed. May 4 @ Mercy
5. Wed. May 11 @ Mercy
6. Wed. May 18 --  PPL Championships @ Aquinas

1.  Friday, April 15 @ Aquinas 
2. Friday, April 22 @ Mercy
3. Friday, April 29 @ Mercy
4. Friday, May 6 @ Mercy

5. Friday, May 13 – PPL Modified Championship @ Aquinas

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

2016 Indoor Track Sectional Team

BK Track and Field is proud to present the 2016 indoor track sectional team. BK will be represented by 11 individual athletes and four relay teams. 
Sectional Meet
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Location: RIT 
  • Meet time: 6:00 pm-11pm
  • Bus leaves BKHS: 4:45pm

Bishop Kearney 2016 Indoor Track Sectional Team

Senior Sean Carroll 1000m (seeded #10)
Senior Judah Neitopski 600m (seeded #11)
Senior Ian Pawlucki 55m hurdles (seeded #9)
Senior Ricky Russotti shot put (seeded 7)
Senior Chris Jackson shot put (defending champion seeded #1) 
Junior Dante Greene 55m (seeded#6)
Sophomore Zoe Farraro 600m (seeded #8)
Sophomore Matthew Giacovelli 600m (seeded #17)
Sophomore Jyl Russotti 55m hurdles (seeded #15)
Freshman Alicia Opett 600m (seeded #10)
Freshman Ramsey Daymon 600m (seeded #8) 

Boys 4x800 relay team (seeded #8)
Carroll, Marchand, M. Giacovelli, Awuok

Boys 4x400 relay team (seeded #7)
Pawluckie, Sikora, Bruno Daymon

Girls 4x200 relay team (seeded #9)
Farroro, J. Russotti, Opett, Dickson, J. Giacovelli, Gonzalez 

Boys 4x200 relay team (seeded #3)
Greene, R. Russotti, Jackson, Nietopski, O'Hare

Order of events: 

55m Hurdles

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Meet Report #10: RIT February 6, 2016

This is a dangerous time

We've had a difficult period of time as of late and we're feeling the effects of an abbreviated training schedule, illnesses and a few injuries. These problems are not fully under our control but there is something we can do about it. 

We can't control mid-term schedules but they are over now and we can squeeze the most of every practice we have left. 

We can't control injuries but we can take our warm ups and stretching seriously in attempt to decrease them. 

We can't control illnesses but we can eat and sleep and hydrate in effort to stay healthy. 

Are you doing all you can?

Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating properly? Are you hydrating well? 

We just have to do it.

Boys 4x200: Good news - You guys had a good run and came up with a PR. Bad news - ER had a better run and knocked us out of second place...
Boys 4x400: You guys had a great time and scored a PR by ~7 seconds. We're in 10th place. We need to be under four minutes to remain competitive. Get it done. 

There is no more time. Soon there will be no "next week" and "next meet" will be replaced with next season. We have one meet, only one, left before sectionals. That gives us one last opportunity to a "P" into an "A" or move up on the Leaderboard to earn a seed in sectionals. 

If we don't turn this around now, if this downward slide continues this week, it spells disaster for what would otherwise be the best season in recent memory. 

We will practice Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week and I expect everyone will be there. I expect everyone will be there on time, prepared to train. There may be an additional practice on Thursday as well. No excuses.