By Myles Goldman
The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams hurdled for success on Saturday, April 7 at the Mark Young Invitational at Yale University.
Team member Stefan Adams, a senior health science major, felt confident in his performance. In the 400-meter dash, he finished in first place with a time of 48.37.
Senior criminal justice major, Talya Williams won two races. She came in first place in the 1500-meter race, with a time of 4:46 and first place in the 4×400-meter relay.
Head track and field coach Kevin Buckley was pleased with the team’s success at the invitational. “We had some excellent performances, highlighted by Talya Williams’ strong victory in the 1500, [and] Stefan Adams’ easy win in the 400,” he said.
The Pioneers worked hard to achieve their wins; the weather wasnot ideal for the runners, with temperatures around 46 degrees. “The weather was terrible, but once I started running I was ne. It was hard for me to sit outside and watch my team because it was so cold,” Adams said.
“It was brutal at the beginning of the meet,” Williams said. “It was very windy and freezing but toward the middle to the end the weather got a little warmer but not much. Sometimes it’s a hassle to layer up when racing, it makes my legs feel restricted.”
Coach Buckley is looking forward to warmer weather for the team’s practices. “Practices have been proceeding well, but we could use some warm weather. We have been forced to move many practices in side on the Pratt oval. That is not ideal. It is supposed to be the outdoor season,” he said.
Buckley is aware of the athlete’s fatigue as 15 members have trained since the previous season. “The athletes will be fully rested and prepared for the ECC’s because the coaching staff knows that often ‘less is more’ towards the end of the season,” he said. “The athletes understand the idea that the work they need to do is done and it’s worse to over-train going into a big meet than do little or nothing.”
The Pioneers will next compete in the Metropolitan Championships on April 13 at Rutgers University.