Phoenix Track & Field @ Phillips Exeter

Hyde versus Exeter, Kimball Union, and Hebron
April 11, 2015

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, Hyde-Bath Track & Field traveled to Philips Exeter Academy to participate in a quad meet against Exeter, KUA, and Hebron. Despite clear skies, wind would prove to be a challenge as blustery conditions made fast times difficult for all teams.

As the running events started, Kiefer Cundy ’15 opened the 1500M with a strong performance after coasting through the first half mile. He finished with a career best time (4:39.7) and a third place finish overall. Following the 1500M, a host of Phoenix competitors competed in the 400M dash. Led by Antoine Montgomery ’15 and Toby Taradeina ’15, few managed to break the sixty second barrier as Phoenix runners were embattled on the back stretch with oppressive wind conditions but fought through for their first marks of the year. The same group of boys would return and test their speed during the 200M dash later in the meet. Rounding out the scoring for the day, Jacob Deutschlander ’15 would finish in third place in the 300IH. In the end, many Phoenix runners learned the importance of solid warmups, warmer sweatpants, and experienced their first track and field competition.

On the infield, our boys were hard at work with the shot put and discus events. Jamie Lynch ’15 and newcomer, Frederick Lasson ’15 were disappointed to learn of the javelin event being cancelled; however, our throwing team rebounded well. Brendan Polgar ’15 showed promise in the discus, finishing in the middle of his flight with a throw of 88’8”. Meanwhile, Bryan Wang ’15 approached his season best last year in the shot put. Again, the throwing team has a host of newcomers that experienced their first throws under the pressure of prying eyes from other teams. Positivity and team spirit were the theme of the meet and they look to continue to improve under warmer conditions.

The girls track and field team consisted of seven Lady Phoenix. The distance team, Avery Booth ’15 and Jenny Balter ’15 showed the grit and determination of seasoned veterans in the 1500M and 3000M events. Meanwhile, younger sprinters, Helenna Wallace ’17 and Lilli Allen ’18 ran hard in the 100M and 200M events.

Our boys and girls have fought rain, sleet, and snow in the early stages of this year’s track and field season, but are excited to travel to Woodstock and Hebron the following weekend to compete for season bests and President’s Cup points.