by Jacob Gurvis
Girls’ indoor track, 5-0, begun the season strongly, according to Coach Joe Tranchita.
The Tigers value focus, and this has translated to success during meets. “Our team’s work ethic and chemistry have been our strong points,” said Tranchita.
According to senior Maeve Greeley, a captain with seniors Evie Heffernan, Sunny Lehmann, and Michaela Smith, individual players’ ability to find their skill and excel has been huge for the team.
“Considering that this team is very young, the way that each member has been adjusting to their event has been quite impressive. It is sometimes hard to find what event you want to specialize in and many of the new members have easily found their niche and are passionately executing what needs to be done to improve,” she said.
Despite the success, there is still room for improvement, according to Tranchita. He said the Tigers need to work on “consistency of performance and development of depth with each event.”
Greeley said that the Tigers need to focus more on team, not individual, success.
“In track you can have a few stand out runners, but if you want to succeed as a team you need a strong middle ground that can displace other teams in competition. I think that aspect is really what the team is lacking at the moment and what we are currently trying to rectify,” she said.
Some runners have stepped up, according to Tranchita. “Smith is number one in the state in shot put, Greeley and sophomore Cristina Galvagno are among the best in the state in the 600 and 300, respectively,” he said.
Greeley also noted Smith as one player who has played especially well.
“Michaela has recently broke two meet records and is a real force in the state. Sophomore Annie Greene has been doing fabulously in the high jump and other great performers have been Heffernan, Lehmann, senior Elizabeth Koch, juniors Adriana Batista and Kayla Hatcher, and freshman Orenna Brand,” she said.
With many state championships already under his belt, Tranchita expects no less from this year’s squad. “Our goal is the league title,” he said.
The girls are on the same page as Tranchita, and goals are consistent throughout. Said Greeley, “I think our main goal for this season is going to be obtaining the Bay State Title. What is going to make that happen is growth in the middle ground for displacement, but strengthening our distance team will also be imperative for success.”