By Carley Crain
Countless long nights of studying, demanding practices, and a jam-packed class schedule sums up senior Chris Tringali’s daily life at Springfield. A member of the cross country and track teams, as well as a student in the very challenging physical therapy program, Tringali is an extraordinary student-athlete that embodies Springfield’s core values of spirit, mind and body.
Tringali has been running since he was in the third grade, and this fall marks his 11th cross country season. Running cross country and track has been a significant part of Tringali’s life, and it was important to him when deciding to come to Springfield College. He also loved Springfield for its exceptional physical therapy program and the sense of community that the college offers.
Tringali resides in Millville, Mass., a small town about an hour away from campus. Entering his freshman year at Springfield, Tringali was a strong recruit with a lot of potential. He had competitive times in the 5k as well as in the two mile. Since his freshman year, Tringali’s personal best times for cross country have dropped by over two minutes and on the track he has improved his mile time by over 10 seconds, as well becoming competitive in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races. Tringali has been a crucial component to the men’s team, as he has been apart of the varsity squad all four years and has helped the men’s team score high at NEWMAC’s as well as at the regional level.
“Chris is the kind of teammate that is always there for you in your best moments as well as at your worst moments. Chris is always on time for practice and he always works extremely hard. His passion for the sport really shows and inspires all of us. His dedication to the team is unlike anything I have ever seen,” said teammate Aidan Gallager.
Away from the track and cross country trails, Tringali is an exceptional student. Recently, he was recognized with 53 other student-athletes at Stagg Field for maintaining a 4.0 GPA last semester. Last year he helped the Pride earn Division III all-academic team honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Tringali also spent most of his summer at Springfield, taking graduate courses throughout the blistering hot months. Other than academics and athletics, community service has also been a vital part of Tringali’s experience at Springfield. He has been on alternative spring break trips to Colombia and Haiti, helping empower the youth and improving their communities through the YMCA.
“The biggest thing is to prioritize what is important. More free time would be ideal to get ahead on work, but most days I have to pick one or two things and focus on crossing them off my to-do list,” says Tringali about time management. “Luckily my coaches work with me to make sure I am successful both on and off the track.”
Tringali is currently the only senior on the cross country roster, as most members on the team are freshmen or juniors. Being the only senior on the team is definitely a unique situation, but through this experience Tringali has emerged into an exceptional leader and role model.
“It is strange not having anyone else in the same boat as me, but luckily coach Pinho and coach Steinman have been there for me all four years”, said Tringali. “Coach Pinho was my teammate for my first three years and I know I can lean on both coaches for advice and encouragement.”
So far this season, Tringali helped the Pride get a win at the Early Bird Invitational, as well as running strong at UMass Dartmouth and at Williams College. At the Early Bird Invitational, he placed second for Springfield, with a time of 16:33 for a 5k. His performance at the Early Bird Invitational earned him a Maroon Club Athlete of the Week honor. At the UMass Dartmouth invitational, Tringali pushed through the blazing hot temperatures and ran a time of 27:06 for five miles, placing 59th out of 257 runners. This past weekend at the Williams College Purple Valley Classic, Tringali scored second for Springfield and helped the Pride reach a 17th place finish. He is looking forward to the rest of the regular season and for the post season that takes place throughout the first few weeks of November.
“Our biggest team goal this cross country season is to improve on our fourth-place finish at NEWMACs last year, said Tringali. “For me, I want to stay healthy to set myself up for a strong November and be in a place where I can run some fast times during track season.”
With one final campaign, Tringali will hit the trails this Fall and bookend his collegiate career.
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