Sports: Track and Field Intensifies Preparation for the 2014 Season
With the track season officially beginning on March 12th at home against San Mateo, Coach Alan Perry gave us some insight on the team’s preparation.
This year, Coach Perry plans on having about 120 athletes total. Despite common belief, this year is not the first season the track season has cut students. Track coaches are simply looking for “dedicated athletes that are willing to put in the time and effort.”
In an attempt to gain the upper hand over their opponents, M-A track participants began off-season training earlier than they did last year: right after Thanksgiving break. Those extra few weeks have allowed the athletes to further build their stamina, ensuring increased performance at the start of the season.
Last year, the girls team won league while the boys finished in third place. In total, about fifteen athletes qualified for CCS finals, the most athletes from the same school in the competition. Confident in his team’s preparation, Coach Perry indicates, “The goal for this year is to repeat that success: to have the boys maybe move up a little bit and the girls to win league.”
As a result of losing few seniors last season, the girls team looks promising and strong. The consistency gives the girls opportunity to pick up where they left off and to build off of their progress. In addition to consistency, the girls team has talent spread out throughout the events. For distance, seniors Annika Roise and Taylor Fortnam look to top off their track careers with another successful season. Sophomores Annalisa Crowe, who just missed a spot to state, Madeleine Baer, and Katie Beebee will also be key contributors.
Coming from strong seasons in the sprinting events, seniors Naomi Tovar and Megan Kurtz, junior Annie Harrier, and sophomore Miranda Simes hope to continue their momentum. Also a sprinter, sophomore Katherine Moore leads the girl’s pole vaulters. Even in the throws, the girls have strong competitor, senior Lisanna Horrowitz. With so much depth, the girls have the potential to medal in every event.
On the boys side, like the girls, there are few seniors on the team; however, the six or seven seniors are significant to the team’s success. “Our two real stars are sprinters Zach Plante and Deverick Meacham,” discloses Perry. Tony Filliai is the strongest in the throws for shot put and discus.
With high hope for the Bears, Coach Perry adds, “We have a lot of youth who will gain experience this season and continue to grow throughout the rest of their years at M-A.”