By Krista DeJulio – Features Editor
Even without a proper place to practice on campus, the men and women’s track and field teams are doing great so far this season. Speaking in terms of Division III sports, the men and women’s track and field team is beyond impressive. They shock. They stun. They break and create new re- cords every time there is a meet. They even compete against Division I teams.
“Track is different than other sports. Even though we compete against Division I schools we rarely race them,” said team member Talia Gabriel. “It’s gotten to the point where it is normal to see BU or Northeastern sitting next to us.”
If the last sentence was not impressive enough, the team members continue to break their own personal records at nearly every meet. Andrew Panther, member of the men’s team, qualified for the New England Championships at Boston University’s Invitational, running the 400-meter race in 50.92 seconds.
Junior Melissa Cooley beat her own and Lasell’s record in the 400 meter at BU’s Invitational of 1:02.88, now 1:02.51.
The teams have been managing to practice without having a track on campus. “It’s tough,” said Gabriel. “We practice late at night or if we can’t run on a track we run wherever we can for practice or not at all. We have to run on the streets or hills and it’s tough on our bodies, but yet we still break records and make championships.”
Even without a facility on campus and the outdoor season not yet started, many of the team members’ personal best times have been beaten so far in the season.
“I think that we all get nervous and confused to why we are at such a high level competition meet,” said Gabriel on the team’s mentality when competing with D1 schools. “We all just have to have positive thoughts […] so we can give Lasell a good name.”
New head coach Nicholas Noheimer said, “We had a successful indoor season up to this point and I’m looking forward towards seeing what we can do outdoors as well.”
With such a strong start to the season, the only thing we can expect from these Lasers is a strong finish.