Track strives to break records, looks to win Leagues


Connor Lawless

Senior John Bai propels himself over the bar in pole vault. Bai cleared, placing first in the meet with a 12′ 6″ jump.

Darby Kim, Sports Editor

Coming off of a strong indoor track season, the girls’ and boys’ outdoor track season is looking bright, with players hoping both teams will win Leagues this year.

“We are definitely in contention to win Leagues, which is something that hasn’t been possible for the team in the past couple years,” senior Laura Dunderdale said.

The boys’ team won Leagues during their winter season this year.

“I hope that our team is able to secure another League Championship, and I am looking forward to what we can do at the District Meet,” senior Alex Lemieux said. “A District Champion banner would be an amazing cap for the seniors’ final track and field season.”

There are also many individuals striving to break records this season.

“[Senior] John Bai is close to claiming the outdoor pole vaulting record, and [senior] Matt Madamba has the potential to break sprinting records [for the 400 meter and 200 meter sprints],” senior Alex Rybarczyk said.

“John Bai is currently the best pole vaulter in the state so I look forward to watching him as he works to secure a state title and setting new records,” Lemieux said.

According to Lemieux, the boys’ 4×100 relay team (seniors Luke Aspero, Alex Lemieux, Tommy Stimson and Matt Madamba) are within reaching distance of breaking the school record. Rybarczyk has the 400 meter hurdle school record almost within his grasp and sophomore Will Lamburn, senior Jonny Symons and junior Nick West are close to clinching school records for the one mile and two mile.

The girls team is underclassmen heavy, so hopes are high for them.

“Our 4×100 team of sophomores Christina Defeudis, Danielle Defeudis, Day Ruffo and Grace Madden qualified for states [at] indoor and have continued their success into the outdoor season,” senior Tess Reyes said. “On the distance end, sophomores Anna Long, Kaitlyn Desio, Aaliyah Yan, Julia [Kardos] and Olivia Kardos are really talented and have put up some really great early season performances.”

According to the indoor track captains, the upperclassmen have a strong presence as well with Dunderdale on hurdles, Reyes on the 800 meter and 2 mile and senior RaiAnn Bu on pole vault.

The boys team is facing tough competition on May 15 against Shrewsbury, and the girls and boys compete at Leagues on May 18.