Outdoor track athletes aim for state championship win


Dan Wims

Many track team members have been training all year.

Many of the talented athletes of the WHS track and field team are ecstatic for the long awaited spring track season to finally begin. The runners on this team have had numerous individual accomplishments, although one common goal unites them all. This year, the team yearns to finally win a state championship.

Although this hefty goal is one that the team must achieve together, specific runners have highlighted their approach to this season. Standout runner junior Tyler Morris mentioned his hopes for this season and knows the team wants to bring back a state championship.

“It is a major goal for everyone as we are among the strongest teams in our division this year. It would mean so much to us as everyone works so hard and it has shown over the last several seasons,” Morris said.

Echoing Morris’ sentiments, junior Sulita Feinblum has found great success in long distance races. Having medaled in many state meets, she highlighted the importance of making it to the crucial state championship meet.

  “State championships is a common goal between all teammates, it’s a great level of achievement and brings opportunities within every athlete to try and reach even higher goals,” Feinblum said.

Although sophomore Peter Diebold is an individual two-time divisional state champion and DCL All-Star, he also looks forward to helping this team win a team state championship.

“Over the last few seasons, Weston has gotten pretty close to winning the divisional state meets, and it is definitely a priority of mine to do whatever I can to help out the team and finally see us come out on top,” Diebold said.

While the team hopes for a state championship, senior Katherine Augustine is also looking forward to enjoying the season and improving her times on the track.

“I think that winning is definitely something I want to strive towards, but I will also be happy if everyone competing from Weston performs well and is happy with their individual performances,” Augustine said.

Not only is the team looking forward to coming out on top, but they are excited to finally perform in the New England spring weather.

In particular, junior long jumper Evan Doorandish mentioned the high performance level that can be achieved in this sunny and cool weather.

“I honestly do enjoy spring a little bit more than [the] indoor [season] for a couple reasons, first being the fact that the weather is always a lot warmer in spring, which makes practices more enjoyable to be outside. Performances seem to be much better in the spring, along with ending the school year too,” Dooranshish said.

Junior Hannah Brown reflected the team’s excitement for getting out on the newly renovated Proctor Field.

“Though I love both indoor and outdoor track, I prefer the spring season because we are able to use our brand new track and can practice field events like high jump, long jump, and pole vault outside. I usually perform better in spring track because I am already in shape from just doing indoor,” Brown said.

The team has begun training vigorously, having kicked off their season with a victory on April 11th in a dual meet at home. They will be heading to New York City to compete in the prestigious New York Relays at Icahn Stadium on April 20th and 21st.