The varsity track team has been working hard this season and is already gearing up for spring. Mike Toomey, varsity track head coach, is excited about the talent and momentum the team has been building this year.
“We have about thirty students on the team, with a nice mix of new runners and veterans,” Mike said. “We have a light meet schedule, but most of the team members use winter track as a way of getting ready for spring.”
The team is led by captains and top runners Jeffrey Love ’19, Chris Chan ’19, and Amerley Lokko ’19 who have been mentoring the new runners. “I enjoy being on the track team because I get to see new people try new events,” Chris said. “There’s something for everyone in track. It’s great to see my teammates achieving heights that they thought were not possible.”
The highlight of the season so far has been the team’s trip to Boston to run at Harvard University for the Greater Boston Track Club’s Invitational.
“For a runner, the [Harvard University] track is like playing at Fenway Park for a baseball player. It is one of the best tracks in the US with a lot of history,” Mike said. “We had a lot of personal bests, with the highlight being Jeffrey qualifying for Nationals in the 3000 meter run.”
“This experience gave our team a chance to get to see how professional indoor track meets play out in person,” said Amerley. “There was a lot of support from each member of the team, and this trip also gave everyone a chance to bond with each other.”
The team trains for each meet differently depending on where they are in the season. “Every bit of work that one puts into their training can make a difference in the way they perform when the time comes to compete,” said Amerley. “From there, good things can come out of it, like beating a personal record, getting first place in the event, or even beating a school record.”
Coaching the team has been a great experience for Mike, who enjoys seeing students’ progress each season.
“Running has changed my life in so many ways. As an athlete and as a coach, running has taught me that anything is possible if you are willing to work hard and not take any short cuts,” Mike said. “I love coaching here at George School because you see that type of attitude from our student athletes in everything they do, whether it is on the fields, in the classroom, or some other part of campus life.”
The last varsity girls’ and boys’ track meet of the winter season will be at the Peddie School Invitational on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. at Peddie School.