The Ursinus College men’s and women’s track and field teams have kicked off their outdoor season with solid performances at their home invitational on Saturday, Mar. 31, with the men’s team capturing the team title.
Senior sprints captain, sprinter and hurdler Catherine Buczek, thought the weekend performances were great all around and was impressed by the men’s performances, particularly Craig Lauer in the steeplechase.
Said Buczek, “That’s a tough event and [Lauer] killed his opening race of the year. He is standing in third place in the conference.”
She was also expressed enthusiasm for the lady throwers’ performances. The senior captain was excited to host the event.
“There is less stress since we don’t have to travel. It’s also good practice to host a meet on our home track since we will be hosting conferences,” said Buczek.
Senior men’s thrower Adam Meyers, who finished third in shot put at the invitational, believes hosting the meet contributed to the throwers’ success.
“It’s always great hosting meets because of the atmosphere down at throws and the turnout from parents and friends. I think the [throwers] did well on Saturday, especially Sophie Simoes,” said Myers.
Moving forward, the team plans to continue their impressive season in their season by implementing a nice balance of hard work and fun. Said Buczek, “I think having fun and maintaining a positive attitude is the most important thing [to have] a successful season.”
Sophomore women’s team thrower, Sophie Simoes, expressed similar sentiments when asked about how she plans to improve this season. Simoes plans to “stay healthy, keep a positive mentality, and [push herself] a little bit harder every day in practice.”
She added, “It is tough when the weather is not so great outside, but with the support from teammates we have been pushing each other to do more and get some work in outside.”
Simoes threw shot put and discus at the outdoor opener and PR’d by over one meter in shot put and performed on target in discus. Simoes shared her thoughts on the women’s team throwers: “For the throwers, I think everyone performed exceedingly well. Freshman Shelsea Deravil as well as myself had two huge PRs in shot put that I think is attributed to the hard work we have been putting in since the end of indoor season. Junior Mikaela Bordonaro had an impressive season opener showcasing her main event in javelin just shy of her PR.”
Simoes also commented on the men’s team throwers’ performances: “Senior Adam Meyers and freshman Griffin McMann showed out with both of their outstanding performances in shot put over the weekend. They are always two throwers that get me excited to throw, so it was nice to watch them both have awesome performances right before I competed. Sophomore Carlo Telesco had an impressive performance in his main event of discus, setting himself up for a good season. Freshman George Psaradakis was able to open his season with an impressive performance in our new hammer cage.”
The sophomore puts her full faith into the runners and field athletes. Said Simoes, “I trust that if they perform well they will use that momentum to continue their training and work harder, and if they fall short of what they expect, I know they know how to turn it around and perform well the following weekend.”
Both the men’s and women’s teams look to continue their success April 11 at Gwynedd Mercy.