posted 2012-05-12 22:25:11

Women’s Track Team Prepares for Postseason

CUNY Champs and ECACs on horizon

Jacklyn Henderson

Contributing Writer

The CUNY Outdoor Track Championships will be at Icahn Stadium in Randall’s Island over two days on Friday, May 11 and Sunday, May 13. The spring track season flew by, but the women are prepared to give their all and hope to score enough points to come out on top. In addition to the CUNY championships, juniors Lizzy Mahoney and Shantel Peters will be competing in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in Troy, New York. Mahoney will be running the 5,000 meter event and Peters will compete in the 400 meter dash.

Mahoney expressed her excitement for both events. “It’s been a long year of preparation and this meet is the last chance our team will have to show off how hard we’ve been working,” she said. “As for ECACs, I’m just really proud that I get to go and represent Hunter College at such a big meet. I’m also really excited to see just how fast I can go while running against other really fast girls.”

Mahoney also added her goals that she wishes to achieve before the spring track season is over. “At CUNY champs, I want to do everything I can to get as many points as possible for my team. I want to contribute as much as I can.” She continued, “As for season goals, I just want to be proud of myself and my races and my team. I want to know that we did the best we could and held nothing back in the last meets of the season.”

The issues of injuries and sicknesses that plagued the team during the winter seemed to have subsided for the most part. Freshman Avneet Ghuman, a distance runner on the team who also was a part of the Cross Country and Indoor track teams this year is proud of the way the team as battled through adversity.

“We have worked through a lot of problems as a team,” she said. “Despite the issues we encountered with injuries and having to adjust our schedules to meets, we dealt with everything pretty well and continue to do so. I’m excited for champs and expect our team to do really well in many of the events.”

Adding to the depth of the team is sophomore Deborah Cruz, who recently switched over from the swimming team to the track team. She discussed how the support of her new teammates helped make the transition as easy as possible.

“As a swimmer, track has been a difficult sport to transition to, but many people on the team have been very supportive and helpful. Of course, it is very different from my previous team, but that’s expected,” she commented. The team is very closely knit, and everlasting bonds have been created from the many hours the team has spent together.

The team will be saying goodbye to three senior girls this year, Mehida Alexandre, Johanna Keilwitz and Jacklyn Henderson. Alexandra commented on her excitement for her last college championships, “This is the last CUNY Championships of my career, and I want to make it memorable! Watch us bring it!”

The team strategy for Champs is simple: rack up as many points as possible in every area of competition, sprinting, hurdles, distance events, throwing and jumping. They are eager to come out on top.