Spring Teams Hit the Track, Fields, Courts, and Boats for the First Time This Season


Hannah Campbell’17

Nina Narayan ’18, Staff Writer

Although many teams did not hold pre-season training programs during the break, spring athletes worked out on their own and have shown up to practice every day this week eager to strengthen and improve.


Despite the loss on Friday, the softball team is off to a good start. The girls felt that they just need to build their strengths up a little overall as a team in order to be on their way to playing and winning together.  


“The season has been starting out like a rollercoaster; I think we’ve slowly begun climbing up to the best part of the ride,” explained pitcher Sydney Hixenbaugh ’18.


Both the boys and girls lacrosse teams are off to a solid start as well. The girls varsity team had a great opening scrimmage last week and every team member was able to have some playing time to officially practice working with a new group of people on the field. Because of senior losses last year, many new girls made the team, resulting in a shifting team dynamic. However, new members have felt welcomed and secure in their new surroundings.


“I was definitely apprehensive about making friends and joining an already close group of girls, but everyone has been really helpful and welcoming, and I’ve learned a lot, even just in the first week of practices,” said Giulia Marolda ’18. All of the players believe it will be a great season filled with lots of learning, bonding, and hopefully some wins.


The track team is has over 80 participating athletes, with many disciplined members of the varsity team practicing independently over break so they would be able to hit the ground running as soon as formal practices began.


“I think that the season has been off to a great start with everyone training very hard, on and off the track,” record-holder 100m Long jump and 200m sprinter Deja Cunningham ’18 said.


The runners are feeling excited and ready to compete in their first meet of the season this weekend, the NJISAA State Relays.


The golf teams have expanded in number and ability this season.


“It’s great to see a lot of underclassmen involved this year,” third year player Abhi Elayidom ’18 said. Many members of the team feel that this year, the captain and the players are going to become a close-knit group and are going to continue growing and developing their team dynamic while also improving their plays.


The crew teams have already started practicing on the water despite the cold weather. Although they did not quite get the head start they were used to because of a storm that cancelled their spring training trip, the athletes think this season will hopefully be a good one.


“We’re working hard out on the water, and can’t wait to get down into sprint racing this year,” Charlotte Quinn ’18 said. “The spring season is always hard and crews are always working harder to be faster for the most competitive eight minutes…but that’s the excitement of it. Everyone just wants to go fast,” Quinn said as to why the spring season is her, as well as many of her fellow rowers’, favorite season.