Momo LaClair and Paige Stepanian
A select number of student athletes from the Jamesville-DeWitt Track teams recently competed in a meet at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Top teams from all across the Northeast attended and gave the Red Rams a run for their money.
Senior Katie Lutz was one of the athletes that attended the meet for the Girls Indoor Track team. She competed in the open 400m and the 4×4 relay and placed second in the 4×4. Junior Ana Dieroff and sophomores Eva Wisniewski and Denise Yaeger ran in the relay alongside Lutz. Placing second was a big accomplishment for them because of the tough competition they went up against. “Oh my gosh, everyone was really fast,” said Lutz. In comparison to Section III, the athletes from across the Northeast were very talented. “All the girls were way faster than they are here, the competition was a lot better,” said Dieroff.
Freshman Maddie Foss was the only freshman to compete at the meet. She ran in the 3000m and very much enjoyed her first experience at Yale. “It was my first time at this meet, so I was pretty nervous but it was a lot of fun,” said Foss. She enjoyed not only the time on the track, but the time she spent with her teammates.
The Boys Indoor Track team was also very successful. The 4×2 relay team broke the Jamesville-DeWitt High School record. Running the 4×2 were seniors Joey Armenta and Murad Amurlayev, as well as junior Michael Potamianos and sophomore Haberle Conlon. Although they only placed fifth in the event, they still broke a 52 year record, showing just how good the competition really was.
When they weren’t competing, the track stars were off having a good time. At the hotel they all hung out together, playing card games like Mafia and eating pizza as a team. With the other free time they had, they also walked around and explored the campus. A highlight of the campus for many was getting to see the football bowl because the stadium was really cool.
Both the boys and girls track teams recently won sectionals. They will go on to compete in states on Saturday, March 3 in Staten Island. Best of luck to all of the athletes!