By Angelica Niedermeyer, Staff Writer
The spring season of the track and field team is nearing completion after a highly competitive season. Coached by Tony Avallone and Maria Crowley, the team of 33 runners was their largest group to date. Under the leadership of captains senior Alexa Alverio and junior Lexi Salerno, the team competed in various races, with all a similar end goal at the Meet of Champions.
The team travelled to the prestigious Penn Relays at the end of April for the second year in a row, with the 4×400 and 4×100 relay teams competing. Later in the season, the freshmen took home 4th place in the Catholic Track Conference Championships, and at the NJSIAA South Sectional Non Public Champs Group B, the team placed 9th, with 13 athletes advancing to the Group Championships meet.
This spring season has been one of many firsts. This was the first season in which the team competed in all but two events. Additionally, the team made their first overnight trip for NJSIAA South Sectionals over Memorial Day Weekend. “It was a grueling two days of competition and our athletes did not disappoint,” said the coaches on their first overnight competition.
The team’s strong bond and continuous encouragement played a major role in their success. “Everyone pulled through and didn’t only compete as an individual but as a team,” said Miller.
The team’s camaraderie made it difficult for the underclassmen to say goodbye to the four seniors: Alverio, Grace Modderman, Erica O’Kelly and Alessandra Sanfratello. “I will miss all the long runs we had together and will look back on the memories we created,” said junior Julia Henning. Coach Avallone also expressed his emotions about the seniors’ last season and his pride for the ladies they have grown into at the Spring Sports Banquet on May 31.
Even though classes, finals and all other spring sports have ended, some members of the track team are still practicing to prepare for the long-awaited culmination of the season: the Meet of Champions on June 10 where sophomore Hannah Reynolds will run the 100- and 200-meter races, and O’Kelly and juniors Anna Barnett, Gina Rienzo, Lexi Salerno and Cate Toomey will compete in the 4×400 and 4×800 relays.