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Track Team is Determined to Come Back From Sluggish Season

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UDI Juan Rosa taking the lead among the pack.

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This spring the track team is back on track after a sluggish indoor winter season.

Track coach Dave Alfano said, “ In the winter the guys came in a little cocky and not in shape, so we got our butts kicked.”

The track team placed ninth at the Essex County Championships, an event they had won for five straight years.
UDII Scott Bamberg Jr. said, “[Essex County Championships] was really bad, the pieces just didn’t fall in the right spot and nothing was working out for us.”

According to Mr. Alfano the spring season has been a lot better. As runners improve, what really excites him is the attitude and mentality that the track runners have.

Mr. Alfano said, “Guys are showing up everyday… from all angles things are doing a lot better.” And team members agree.

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Senior runner Benjamin Guerin said, “We’re definitely working harder than last season.”
Scott said the team goes to practice and races with intense concentration. Although the team could laugh and joke around after practice , he said races are not a joke.

“Races are a business trip; we come to handle business,” Scott said.

Scott Bamberg 'handling business'.

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Scott Bamberg ‘handling business’.

Benjamin credits the team’s improvement to the new workouts and coaches who have been consistent in enforcing their work ethic. Even though the team has not won a race yet, Benjamin believes it has a fighting chance to win Essex County Relays and State Preps. The track team has qualified for nationals in the 4X100 and 4×200.

The team’s chemistry has improved immensely since the winter season.

“We’re dealing with 50 something high school guys so they’re obviously always going to have something going on,” Mr. Alfano said. ”But we’re definitely much more cohesive than the winter season.”

Benjamin said they look out for one another now. “Last year we would talk a lot of smack to each other. It would be the sprinters versus the distance runners,” he said, “But it’s pretty cool now. It’s a brotherhood.”

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