A select squad from the coed Indoor Track and Field team traveled to the newly constructed Snyder Center at Phillips Andover Academy on Wednesday to face off against five other independent schools. This beautiful indoor facility houses a four-lane 200m track, nine 55m sprinting lanes, throwing area, and jumping pits.
While many of the athletes were competing on an indoor surface for their first time, none let their nerves show. On the girls side, four athletes all made their indoor debut. Captain Merrill Truluck ‘18 earned 7th in the 300m and 13th in the 55m dash, winning her heat. Despite being set back by injury, Haley Baustert ‘18 ran an impressive, even-tempered 300m. Rosalynn Bragg ‘19 and Nina Janjigian ‘18 each had nice season-openers in the shot put earning 7th and 10th, respectively.
Captain Noah Lazarus ‘18 led the way for the boys, winning the shot put with an impressive throw of 45’08”. Freshmen Ben Albert ‘21 and Cole Tryon ‘21 each got a feel for the event and had solid throws. PG Maulid Abdow and captain PG Mwesa Mulonda both asked to compete in the long jump. Despite having not practiced the event this season, Mulonda jumped his way into finals and earned 6th overall with a jump of 18’06.25”. On the track, Abdow, Mulonda, and Albert ran well in the 55m dash. Jed Danforth ‘19 raced his way to a gutsy 7th place finish in the 300m. Abdow, Mulonda, Danforth, and Albert closed out the meet in the 4x200m relay. Keeping their focus in the face of one clumsy exchange, the boys ran well together and got a taste of what synergy can look like on the track.
The team looks forward to our next competition at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire on Wednesday, February 14th, where we hope to represent the Wolfpack with more confidence, strength, and speed.