By: Cory Smigielski
Seton-LaSalle is known for its variety of sports and clubs to choose from. This year they added a few more and among those is the indoor track team. Being the first year in operation for the club, it’s a work in progress, but the team shows a lot of promise for the future. The events that these participants run in range anywhere from short 60 meter dashes, to grueling 2 mile runs, and the field events include: shot put, long jump, and high jump. This year the team is run by Coach Wright, who also coaches the bowling team at SLS, and Coach Darrell. A team led by only two seniors, sprinters and long jumpers Cory Smigielski and Michael Brust, is a very young team of predominately freshman. As any first year team, the track team gets little room to work with, having to use the hallways and cafeteria to run in, but the team makes the most of it. It also makes it easy with a small group, because everyone on the team has become good friends quickly, making the experience an enjoyable one. The consistent runners for this team include: seniors, Cory Smigielski and Mike Brust, who were previously mentioned as sprinters and long jumpers: juniors, Brendan Vaughan (distance runner), Max Pikras (distance runner and sprinter), Skylar Scabaloni (sprinter); and freshmen, Josh Wright (sprinter and javelin thrower), Ryan Allen (distance runner), Connor Leach (sprinter), Noah Kaib (sprinter), Markus Nones (sprinter and shot put), Henry Glitz (distance runner), and Maddie Gallucci (distance runner and sprinter). With a team dominated by soccer players, football players, and cross country runners, the season looks to be a great one with a lot of competitors challenging to qualify for the championships throughout the season. The runners expect and are expected to give 100% all day and have fun doing it.
A word from head coach, Mr. Wright, “I believe this team can go as far as they want as long as they put the effort towards it. We are a first year program and I am very excited about having the opportunity to show the rest of the teams what we bring to the table. All I ask for is all out effort and to have fun doing it.”
Coach Darrel Smith also had a few words, “I tell these kids every day, at the end of the year, since we’ve never had a team before, you will all hold some kind of record, now that’s something to get excited about. Even though we’re a first year team, we’re here to let the world know that Seton-LaSalle will be one of the premiere track teams around soon enough.”