As Spring athletic contests begin once again, the Varsity Track team sets out to defend their titles. Last year, Belmont Hill achieved greatness by achieving both second place at ISTAs and first at New Englands, as well as having their captain Lucas Ribeiro claim first in the nation for the discus. This year, much of the team is back, with the same goals in mind. Being made up of both young and veteran athletes, this year’s team, captained by DJ Demetri, Frank McField, Will Cannistraro, and Jake DeCaprio, will be compelled to maintain the focus and diligence of the prior year to obtain success. Already having competed twice, the team is off to a tremendous start. At the Thayer Relays, an unofficial but important meet, Belmont Hill displayed sheer athleticism and dominance in all events. Despite biting cold, the team held its positive attitude and camaraderie through it all. Notable performances from the day include a near record 1500 meter time of 4:15 run by John Pappo and a 52.1 400 meter time by captain Frank McField. The team then made the long journey out to Concord, New Hampshire, to compete against St. Paul’s, Groton, Governor’s Academy, and Middlesex. All of the team was present, withholding a few injured. The team, being blessed with warm, mild weather, won the first official competition of the regular season by a margin of 48 points.
With its first win under its belt, the team will now look to more competition. With the championship meets approaching quickly, the Varsity Track team will need to demonstrate continued phenomenal work in order to repeat as champions.