The track team had a strenuous meet last weekend competing at Embry-Riddle. The team was faced with four hours of traffic before arriving. Despite this minor setback, the team rallied together to have one of their best meets of the season.
The women’s team had an outstanding weekend, with a number of runners setting personal records in the 1500 and in the 4×800 meter relay they broke a school record. The team had a number of women who ran the 1500 meter, including junior Chantalle Blundell who finished seventh overall for the 1500 meter with a time of 4:44. Sophomore Elaina Cancello who ran a 4:56 in the event,and freshman Carly Bunting who finished with a time of 4:58. “Having other people on your team running in front of you really helps push and motivate you,” said freshman Mary-Alice Smoot, who set a new personal record with a time of 5:05 in the race.
Other events in which the Spartan women shined included the 500 meter, in which many Spartans set new personal records. Freshman Aislinn Scrocynski, senior Aimee Epps, and sophomore Ariana Sotoropolis all set new personal bests. The women’s 4×800 relay team also set a new school record. The relay consisted of freshmen Smoot, Aliey Langley, Kayla Sullivan, and sophomore Rachel Higgins.
The men’s track team also had an impressive meet last weekend with a number of personal records set, including a new school record in the 4×800 relay, and the 800 meter. Freshman Jake Poore set a new personal record in the steeplechase despite not having much of a warm up. The men’s team also did a great job in the 5,000 meter; sophomore Matthew Hoffman set a new personal record for the event with a time of 15:29.12. The 4×800 meter relay set a new school record. Runners included senior captain Steven Denning, freshman Eddie Keenan, sophomore Jessie Boria and junior Scott Billings. Lastly, Denning broke his own school record in the 800 meter with a time of 1:54 even.
The team has had an outstanding season so far, but are looking to continue to improve for the final upcoming meets, the Tom Jones meet in Gainesville and the University of North Florida meet in Jacksonville for the runners who qualify.
“What we are doing seems to be working,” said head coach Jarrett Slaven. So hopefully we’ll have the chance to compete at the highest level, nationals at the end of May, this season if one of our runners qualify. The team faced many challenges last weekend, but dug deep to pull out everything they had. “We had an excellent meet, it was a long day but worth it,” Slaven said.
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