By: Nico Gonzales-Reed
Winning the MIAA Track and Field title is not a small feat; performing amongst high levels of competition makes achieving that task daunting. The road to victory is not smooth; and the Hounds experienced highs, lows, adversities, and painful shortcomings; yet despite their difficult journey, the 2017 outdoor track team pulled off an unforgettable MIAA championship victory.
“I am most looking forward to a strong finish to some fantastic seniors' careers while also helping our young, promising talent turn the corner in their competitive level,” said Head Indoor Track Coach Matthew Tully (‘02). However, with the departure of last year’s key seniors, the 2018 outdoor team has big shoes to fill, especially in middle distance events. “I think that we should have the athletes and coaches that can be successful this spring, but we have a lot of hard work between now and May if we are going to meet that success”. Regarding invitational events, Coach Alex Deweese (‘12) says, “Last year, Gilman had a string of great performances at Penn Relays… the 4x100 ran one of its fastest times of the year, and the 4x400 won its third wheel in school history.” Moving forward, Mr. Deweese hopes “this year's team can perform well at Penn Relays and other large invitational meets”.
The team’s morale is high given the success during this year’s indoor track season, but the hard work must continue. With talented athletes like seniors Mason Freeman, Eric Gibson, and field competitor Thomas Booker, the outdoor team will likely experience another successful season, especially given the team’s great depth for each event. “I’m looking forward for the team to basically compete as a team,” said sprinter Darien Lawson (‘18). The goal, says Lawson, is to “bring home another championship.”
The athletes and coaches are confident in the team's ability to succeed; however the hard work must continue heading into the new season. The seniors proved their abilities to compete during the indoor track season, but their work is far from over. Team members recognize that many of Gilman’s MIAA rivals are determined to beat the Hound’s given last year’s success. The 2018 MIAA Track and Field season is sure to be another exciting one; let’s see if the Hound’s can live up to their expectations.