108 years and 7.72 seconds.
Those measurements have shaped the seasons of Springfield College Track and Field Seniors, Jack Pinho and Courtney Luscier.
Throughout the season, Pinho has led the team on his way to breaking numerous individual records along the way.
“(I am a leader) by being a person that not only leads through social skills but by my actions on the track, at practice, and especially in the classroom.” said Pinho.
Over the course of the season, Pinho has broken 108 years Springfield College records, in the 800 meter (1:52.11), 1000 meter (2:25.09), and 1 mile (4:07.89).
During the Tufts National Qualifying Meet this past Saturday, Pinho’s performance of 1:57.32, in the 800 meter race, placed him as the 9th seed in all of Division III. To Pinho, mindset above all else is essential to continue performing at a high level.
“To never settle with my performances, and know there is always room for improvement,” said Pinho. “Using that momentum going into the championship is key, because the races only get tougher with competition against the best in the region and the country. Staying hungry is my mindset.”
This hungry mindset has also been part of the drive for Luscier during her senior year.
“I hope others can learn that at practice it’s important to work hard but more importantly to remember the love you have for the sport and enjoy every minute,” she said.
After starting off the year running a time of 7.97 seconds in the 60 meter dash in the season opening meet, Luscier has worked her way down to a time of 7.72 seconds. This performance at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet moved her up to a tie for the eighth seed in all of Division III, for the 60 meter dash.
“This year has been intense, but I have an amazing coach who helps me to just focus on my goals and having fun,” said Luscier. “I’d say with the teammates and coaches I have, this season is the best season I’ve had here at Springfield College.”
Pinho and Luscier will now prepare for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 9th and 10th.
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