Boys Track and Field Chases Consecutive ISL Championships
by Will Bucci on Friday, May 13th, 2016
In these last few weeks of the season, the Track and Field team has been preparing for its final meets, including the most important meet of all: the ISL championship (ISL’s). With an older brother, Chris Bucci (I), running track, I have been dragged to plenty of meets over the years. If you’ve watched the Olympics, you’ve probably seen track and field meets as well. It is one of the biggest attractions at the Olympics, and all of the events combined can take several days to complete. However, with high school track and field, the meets are pretty much a half day’s commitment.
At first, I never saw the appeal of spending most of a Saturday at a meet where you might only compete in two events. Still, as the years progressed, I began to see the enjoyable side of the seemingly boring track meets. I asked Dom Cozier (I), one of the captains of Boys’ Track and Field, some questions about Track and Field and ISL’s in particular. He said: “During a track meet everybody will do their event, and while that happens, other teammates will cheer on their fellow friends and classmates to victory. Meets are always long, but it is always fun to see my friends compete.” Track meets are not simply athletic competitions, they are a time for friends to get together and cheer each other on.
As the season inches towards its end, everyone is looking forward to the biggest meet of all: the ISL’s. Even though a regular meet might seem to take several eons, ISL’s takes even longer. I asked about ISL’s and the process that goes into choosing the participants, and Dom reported that “Each team will submit two of their best athletes for each event. Along with the two athletes, each team is able to have one ‘wildcard’ athlete for the whole meet, which means a team can pick three athletes for one event.”
Concerning the difference between ISL’s and a regular meet, Dom specified that “At normal track meets we only go against three other teams, and usually most of our athletes are trying out new events. At ISLs nothing is guaranteed, so you never know who’s going to step up, and who’s going to struggle. The energy is so high at ISL’s because everyone is competing for that number one spot.” With so many athletes representing so many schools, the level of competition goes through the roof. It is at ISL’s where everyone sees who is the best of the best.
With ISL’s fast approaching, the athletes representing Milton are training hard to best prepare themselves for the anticipated meet. Still, if you don’t want to make the commitment to go watch ISL’s yourselves, the track and field season is not yet over. There are still regular meets left, so if you have a chance to watch one, stop by and cheer on your fellow Miltonians as they compete. For some of them, like Dom — who competes in the 100 meter sprint, the 200 meter sprint, the 4 by 100 meter relay, and the long jump — these will be the last few meets of their Milton career. So if you get the chance to see them compete, cheer them on!
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