Boys’ Track and Field Team Clinches Second ISTA Championship
by Haley Hunt on Friday, June 10th, 2016
Boys’ track just wrapped up their second consecutive undefeated season — one that will go down not only in the school’s history but also in ISL history. The team broke several school records, was crowned ISTA Track Champions, and recorded the most team points scored at the ISTA Championship in over twenty years.
Much of the team’s recent success can be attributed to the coaching staff. Coach Darling said, “Having a variety of dedicated coaches who specialize in different events is one key factor in helping a group build a successful team. Once you add the essential athletes to the group, you have a great potential formula for success.” He also cited the teamwork between the coaches and players of each event as a key component to their synergy. Throughout the season, they remained focused on their goal: to win a second straight ISTA Championship.
Coach Darling continued: “Although track is an individual sport and also a secondary sport to many members of the team, the boys had great team chemistry all around and did a good job supporting one another and pushing each other in practice every day.” Each event had a group of hardworking athletes, many of whom were able to compete in multiple events. The team, using the school records as motivation, continued to strive for success but remained modest despite winning each regular season meet.
Also, the addition of new team members helped the team replace some of the standout athletes from last year, such as Chris Lewis and Connor James. In particular, Cole O’Flaherty (I) and Allan Rappleyea (II) were crucial to the team’s success. Cole placed second in the 400 at the ISTA Championship, missing the school record by only .74 seconds. He anchored the 4×400 relay team that came in second place behind St. Paul’s — who broke the ISTA Championship record.
Rappleyea was a key contributor to the throwing events (discus, javelin, and shot-put), recording the most points throughout the season. In the shot-put event, he earned a second place finish with a 48’ 3.75” heave. John Minicus (III) also broke a school record in the long jump (22’ 10.25”).
Coach Darling also noted the growth throughout the entire team. “Many of the returning players were also a year stronger physically and mentally,” he said after commending captain Domenic Cozier (I) on leading the team with the most points in the ISTA Championship. Dom won both the 100M and 200M dash, came in second in the long jump, and helped the 4×100 relay — with Mike Silva (II), Jailen Branch (III), Earvin Ofule (II) — to finish first and break the school record in the process. His outstanding performance earned him the ISTA Coaches’ award.
Following the terrific leadership of captains Dom Cozier, Chadd Yuan and Calvin Wang, as well as the outstanding success and determination of the team, Boys’ Track and Field certainly appear poised for another successful season next spring.
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