Brian Roach – 1851 Staff
The men and women’s track and field teams expanded to outdoors this year, and the program’s first season is off to a fast start.Sophomore captain Kyle Northrop gave the men’s track and field squad its first points of the season on March 30 with a fourth place finish in the 3000M steeplechase at the Tufts University Snowflake Showcase.
“Our goal is to just score, score as much as we can,” said Northrop.
The competition at some of these meets has included Division I schools such as Northeastern and Boston University, but junior captain Kendall Logsdon of the women’s team embraces the challenge these teams give her.
“I like having better competitions with people that are faster than us or jump faster than us because…it makes me want to do better and push myself harder,” said Logsdon.
The sport management major took seventh place in the long jump in the team’s first meet on March 27. Her best jump of the day was 4.81 meters. She finished at place 24 in the 100M dash as well.
At the Fitchburg State Jim Sheehan Invitational on April 6, junior captain Chelsea Zeig won the first individual event in the inaugural
outdoor season with her 10.42-meter throw in the shot put (Zeig has a personal
goal of reaching 10.67 meters).
“I was just happy,” said Zieg. “It was a pretty cold day and I went into the competition thinking, ‘Alright, start of the morning, let’s start things off right.’”
Zieg finished at 14th place in the discus with a throw of 24.31 meters and helped the team place seventh for the entire event.
The men’s team also had a solid performance at Fitchburg from freshman David Cooper. Cooper finished fourth in the 800M with a time of 2:00:26, his personal best. The men’s team placed 15th at Fitchburg.
“It may have been a bit cold, but we had a stellar performance from [Cooper],” Northrop said.
The season will continue with events up until the NCAA and ECAC Championships in May, but both teams still have some work to do to qualify.
Sophomore DaShaun Hightower, who finished 10th in the 400M Intermediate Hurdles on March 23 and 14th on April 6, strives for
“I just [want to] make it to the championships,” he said.
With a new season outdoors, it can be challenging to keep the roster at high numbers, as Northrop pointed out. “It’s always difficult to try and go up to someone and say ‘hey, run with us,’” said Northrop.
Regardless, the sophomore is looking ahead to a bright future for the program.
“It’s all about building the program and I definitely think we had a strong start from being the first year having the program,” said Northrop.