In just 37 days, the Gordon Track and Field team will be on the bus driving to their first meet. Having officially begun training on January 16th, on March 23rd their hard work will start to pay off as they travel to Middletown, CT to compete at Wesleyan University. With over 40 jumpers, throwers, sprinters, and distance runners, the Gordon team is looking to make their mark in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
On the women’s team, seniors Sinead Miller and Maddie St. Julien will lead Gordon’s efforts in jumps, sprints, and hurdles. St. Julien is working to once again qualify for the regional New England track meet in May. Distance runner Anglie Epplett and high jumper Hannah Johnson are also hoping to make a repeat appearance.
Upperclassman certainly don’t have a monopoly though; some freshmen will certainly be competitive this season. Abigail Baier and Abigail Minott will be jumping and Emma Shearer, Delaney McDonnell, and Bridget Hill will bring the heat in the mid-distance and distance category.
Some returners are likely to best their personal records. Keep your eyes open for sophomore sprinter Rachael Farah, junior Bridget Mellon and sophomore Keanna Smigliani with the distance girls, and sophomore hurdler Kara Polsgrove.
Not all track athletes limit themselves to the traditional events though. Sophomores Amanda Page and Chase Silvia (pictured) will be competing in the heptathlon and decathlon respectively. These events challenge the stamina and grit of the athlete as they combine throwing, jumping and running.
Along with Chase Silvia, senior sprinter Kevin LeBlanc is getting excited for his final season. Once again, freshmen Matt Draper and Jacob Couture are bringing new talent to the table, beginning their training for a successful collegiate career. Steven French, Nick Noormand, and Chase Draus will compete for Gordon in throwing.
Senior Chandler Hansen and junior Sebastian Toro are getting the men’s distance team fired up for the season. Always the most patient on the squad, this pack will race anywhere from 1500m to 10 kilometers.
The Fighting Scots Track and Field Team starts their week off with a Monday morning 6am practice. Tuesday through Friday practices are held in the afternoon, while Saturday’s practice is lead by captains in the morning.
Hardly an easy practice schedule, the application of discipline, determination and grit are a must for these athletes. But the comradery and sportsmanship of the team creates a meaningful environment for these students. With guys and girls on the same team the family style community clearly empowers these athletes. Visit a practice, see them at dinner in Lane, or run into Coach Justin Wikerd on campus and you’ll understand the contagious joy of competing, studying and living together.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is this: the team is open to anybody who is willing to commit the time and effort it takes to train and compete. Coach Wikerd, a ruthless recruiter, is always on the lookout for talented students who love Jesus and are ready to work with grit. It’s never too late to be crazy and compete in the NCAA.
You can find more information about the Gordon College Track and Field Team, including the roster, pictures and their meet schedule online at http://www.athletics.gordon.edu.