While most of the athletes covered in Athlete of the Issue have spent many years perfecting their craft, Evan Ricci ‘17 started running the hurdles less than two years ago. Joining the Belmont Hill track and field team at the start of the 2016 season, Ricci quickly took to the hurdles and, under the guidance of Mr. Kirby, soon found major success. During that initial season, Ricci placed at both ISTAs and NEPSTAs, scoring much needed points for Belmont Hill and coming within seconds of both school records.
Now, in his second year of hurdling, Ricci has exceeded all expectations. A regular contributor of points, Ricci has played a crucial role in the track and field team’s near perfect season. By around midway through the season, Ricci had broken hand-timed school records in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. At ISTAs, Ricci won both his events, setting a F.A.T record in the 300-meter hurdles. Then, at NEPSTAs, Ricci once again crushed the competition, taking home two more 1st place medals to add to his rapidly growing collection.
Ricci will attend Boston College, where he will potentially run track.