Track and Field Is Off and Running in DFAL

Annie Odell

The track and field team begins the season with a strong sense of determination, hard work and commitment. After losing coaches Chris Puppioni and Brian Henderson, along with the team’s pole vaulting and hurdles coach, the team is pushing themselves to continue their history of excellence.

“A lot of people don’t believe we are going to be as great of a team this year because of our loss of coaches. I really want to prove people wrong and show them that we can be really good,” said captain Micah Solit ‘12.
With new head coach Summer Crezinski, a skilled track and field coach from San Francisco State, and many new athletes on the team, captains Solit, Ashraf Mathkour ‘11, Kirby Shultz ‘11, Alyssa Wendt ‘11, Devon McDonald ‘12, Savannah Ryder ‘12 and Pierce Haley; believe the season will be a great success.

“We have a lot of new people this year who didn’t do track last year who are good and add a lot of talent to the team,” said Solit. The track and field team had their first competition at UC Berkeley where all the athletes competed. The 4 x 1 relay came in second while Mathkour came in third place in the 800, qualifying to the final round. Mathkour also placed seventh in the 800 at the UC Berkeley Indoor State meet.

“The meet was especially fun because our coach was able to compete with us” said Solit.

On Feb. 23, the team competed in their annual intra-team green and white meet, the victory going for the White team.

“The green and white meet is always a fun way of getting the team into spirit for the season. We split the team up into two groups, the white team, and the green team, and then we compete against each other. The losing team’s captains have to get a whip cream pie in the face by the winning team’s captains,” said Solit.

The team practices every day after school from 3:20 – 5:30 p.m. These practices consist of the team warming up together, and then separating into different groups defined by what event each athlete participates in.
“The returning athletes are very good leaders and provide good role models for new team members. All we really need to work on is staying on top of our game and practicing hard every day,” said Solit. “We have great long distance runners, and are always pretty good when it comes to sprinting relays.”

The team’s next meets are at Amador Valley on March 12, at Acalanes on March 16, and the Martinez relays and Distance Fiesta at Dublin on March 19.

“This year I really believe we can avenge the loss in DFAL and NCS last year along with having a really fun season. Joe was all about having fun, and we run for him,” said Solit.