Track season begins with windy weather

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With high winds blowing at 35 mph and a brisk temperature of 42 degrees, the Townsend Harris Outdoor Track season began at Icahn Stadium in Randall’s Island. Despite the chilling weather factor and overall impeding winds, the male and female track teams were both able to bring home personal records and medals.

Though the end of March wind physically hindered some athletes, many were able to run faster times in less than optimal weather. When asked how this was possible, junior Brian Van attributed these personal records to “daily training, team spirit and encouragement from both teams, which are huge factors in allowing the athlete to perform at his or her best.”

The boys 800 meter relay team accomplished great feats due to the team unity that was emphasized while huddling for heat in the cold. Each member of the relay team was aiming for a time of 2:25, but sophomore Yash Sharma was able to run a 2:21 while senior Isaac Pulatov broke his personal best with a time of 2:18.

Patricia Wang, freshman, who managed to place fourth in her race and improve by 30 seconds from her best time, felt that the team could have done better in pushing past its comfort zone even with the “new challenges that this upcoming season will yield including longer distances  or new exposure to weather.”

However, Linda Wu, junior, was proud of the performances of her fellow athletes and saw that though “some were definitely impacted by the windy weather and cold temperatures,” many were still hitting their usual numbers and content with their overall performance. Townsend Harris Outdoor Track includes a wider range of field events including discus throw, javelin, pentathlon, and steeplechase. Athletes from both teams are eager to specialize, compete, and ultimately find a chance at qualifying in areas outside of their typical running events.

Though track is seen as an individual sport, with athletes looking to run their best and qualify for City Championships, teammates depend on each other in this kind of weather for not only heat but shouts of reassurance.

“It’s as much as a team sport as it can get,” says Brian.

Dwayne Burnett, Outdoor Track and Field Supervisor, said, “I already see great times for freshmen, sophomore, and varsity” and enthusiastically awaits the exciting upcoming meets in this outdoor season.