As the temperature rises and Winter gives way to Spring, a new season for college athletes approaches.
If you walk past the right side of the Learning Commons on the campus of Springfield College, one would notice a group of athletes running around the track doing warm up laps. For members of the Springfield College track team, the change in weather signals their final season of the academic year.
The Pride are riding into the Spring season off of the momentum from their previous two Winter meets. At the Massasoit Classic, the men’s team was led by Sophomore Kyle Kublbeck winning the high jump (6 feet, 4.25 inches) and Freshman Stefan Porter winning the triple jump (43 feet, 1 inch). The men’s team efforts were rounded out by Senior Jack Pinho who broke a 27 year track and field record in the 800 meter race, with a time of 1:52:11. The women’s team was led by Luscier winning the 60 meter dash (7.87 seconds), Sophomore Katherine Strain taking third in the high jump (5 feet, 0.5 inches) and Freshman Paige Shaughnessy finishing third in the pole vault (9 feet, 6.25 inches).
Going into the last meet at the Wesley Invitational, the team looked to finish the Winter season off strong. The men’s team had two first place finishers in Sophomore Tyler Hansen, who won the 200 meter dash (22.78) and Freshman Stefan Porter, who won the triple jump (43 feet, 10.75 inches). For the women’s team, they were led by Senior Courtney Luscier who won the 60 meter dash (7.88 seconds) and Junior Kristen Madeia winning the 800 meter run (2 minutes 21 seconds). The results being shown by underclassmen have been recognized by seniors like Luscier.
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“There has been such a big improvement from last year to this year and I’m excited to see what this upcoming season brings for the team,” said Luscier.
With three seniors on the girls team and eight seniors on the boys team, the track team as a whole consists of a majority of underclassmen.
Due to the team’s youth, Luscier will be looked at for leadership this season.
“I see each athlete compete and I’ll talk to them about their races and their best times and I think it’s important to know your teammate’s events and what times they run so they know you care about how they’re doing,” said Luscier.
Going out of her way for teammates has had a profound effect on freshman, like sprinter, Khris Rhim.
“Even though she’s an All-American, she is very humble and you would not know unless you asked,” said Rhim. “I know for a fact that I can always talk to Courtney if I need anything and the bond she has with all of us is more than track.”
With momentum going into the Spring season, the team will look to continue their improvement overall. For senior Courtney Luscier, she will look to have a strong finish to their college careers.
“Coming off a strong winter season last year, I hope to take what I’ve learned last year and piece it together with what Coach Miller is teaching me this year,” said Luscier. “All of these improvements and strategies are in hopes of going to nationals again this year and being top 3 and the overall goal to break my school record here.”
For Freshmen like Khris Rhim, the Spring season will look to push themselves to improve the results that they have shown so far. “For this season, Our upperclassmen will do great and our class of freshman will surprise a lot of people,” said Rhim.
The team will be back in action this Friday at the Boston University Valentines Invitational, in Boston, Mass.
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