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. 

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