Big Running Shoes to Fill: Seniors End their League Careers in Convincing Fashion

By Patrick Conklin ‘18

The Chaminade Spring Track and Field Team continued their championship meet season with a fine performance at the N.S.C.H.S.A.A. League Championship on Saturday, May 23. For nine dedicated senior runners, this was their final league meet after twelve seasons in the track and field program.  For several others, this race was the conclusion of nearly a year of competitive running.

Lucas Morizio ’19 leaps over the hurdle in a tight race against St. Anthony’s and Kellenberg runners.

Despite the fact that this annual race occurred the day after Chaminade’s Senior Celebration Cruise, the senior team members showed no signs of weariness.  Many recorded season and personal best times in their events.  Joe Reich ’17, who was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Runner, ran a season best time in the 200-meter dash and placed second overall.  Chris Loumeau ’17, the Flyers’ Most Improved Runner, also ran a personal best time.  He recorded a time of 4:26 in the 1600-meter run, placing third overall.  

Kyle Krummenacker ’19 receives the baton from Joe Reich ’17.

Head coach Brian Hayes ’99 said, “The juniors and sophomores certainly have big shoes to fill with the seniors graduating.”  The soon-to-be seniors and juniors proved that they are more than capable of fulfilling the high standards set by their predecessors.  Dylan Ameres ’19 captured first place in the triple jump, and many other underclassmen turned in strong performances.

The Flyers concluded their day with a series of successful relay races.  Twenty-two points out of first place heading into the final three relay events, the Flyers found their stride to finish the meet.  Chaminade relay teams placed third and fifth in the 4×800 race, first and second in the 4×100 race, and first in the 4×400 race.  This dominant performance vaulted the Flyers towards the top of the leaderboard, and the final score of the meet was very close.  In one the most exciting meets of the year, the Flyers turned in a solid performance.  The Flyer’s concluded the meet by placing second out of five teams, losing by just seven points to a very competitive St. Anthony’s team.  

Angelo Randazzo ’18 rockets into the air in the pole vault.