Spring track goes for the gold

Amanda Bettin

As the spring months roll in, the track around Bonnel Field starts to become populated daily by training runners. This year, Caldwell Track will be hosting three home duel meets and will be attending relay meets at larger high schools in the area, such as Summit and Millburn. The first home duel meet is on April 3rd against Christ the King and West Essex. Other teams in the conference include Central, St. Vincent, and Cedar Grove. Both the boys and girls teams were able to maintain winning records last year and are hoping to be undefeated this year. The team’s head coaches are: Sara Schecter and Joe Collura, who are assisted by Bridgit Martin, Maggie Pierce, Frank Davis, and Frank Lincoln out on the field in jumping and throwing events.

Senior boys this year include: Marco Cutri, Chris Hreniuk, Ethan Meth, Ryan Acocella, Trevor Ohnmeiss, Billy Bartlett, Ryan DeOliveira, Brandon Dolce, Tom Matthews, Pat Gavin, Taylor Carson, and Chris Volz. Volz will be running track at Steven’s Institute of Technology next year. He is hoping to make it to the Group Championship Meet this season for the 110 hurdles and javelin. Although moving on to bigger competitions in college, Volz will miss the great group of guys he runs with daily. Cutri is looking to beat his personal bests in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump. Cutri informed the Caldron that, “The thing that I’ll miss the most about track is the coaches. They have done so much for me and this program. I want to thank Joe, B-Martz, Ms. Schecter and F for teaching me the ways of track and field.” Junior Matt Meehan is a promising distance runner on the boy’s team, while sophomore Sam Bursese gives the team power in sprinting events. Excelling jumpers are sophomores Brennan Thiemann and Spencer Wielgus.
The girl’s team includes seniors: Maria Ciccone, Katie Alliota, Valerie Coughlin, Amanda Bettin, Melissa Stiefbold, and Jackie Finnegan. Finnegan has been a successful thrower of discus and shot-put throughout her high school career, and she will be continuing to compete in track and field at Moravian College. Maria Ciccone and junior Joanna Carluccio are two of the strongest hurdlers on the team. Junior Trisha Davis and Sophomore Olivia Krippahne will strengthen the distance team this season, while sophomores Charlyne Burki and Megan Mihalik stand out as sprinters. All in all, the team is headed for an exceptionally successful season and has the potential to win the Conference Championship Meet if their hard work pays off.