MIDDLE SCHOOL TRACK & FIELD
TIME OF SEASON: Late February - Early May
LEVELS OF PLAY: Grades 6-8
AGE OF PROGRAM: 2005
PRACTICE INFORMATION: Regular season practice location is NMSD, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm.
HEAD COACH - Coach Cole
VARSITY TRACK & FIELD
TIME OF SEASON: Late February - Early May
LEVELS OF PLAY: Grades 9-12
AGE OF PROGRAM: 2006
PRACTICE INFORMATION: Regular season practice location is NMSD, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm.
HEAD TRACK COACH - Coach Cole
Congratulations to the Varsity Track & Field Team for an amazing State competition this past weekend, with many PRs, medals, and Ivan earning his place as a 2-time State Champion! Check out Coach Kyser's recap of the events below:
Dear Track Friends and Families,
A tremendous group of young men and women came together to put on quite a show this weekend in Albuquerque at the season's pinnacle meet, State!! Having qualified in 15 events, this collection of fine athletes mustered up the courage and strength to bring home 11 medals, 8 PRs, 1 school record, and 2 State Championships.
Junior Aydin ran both the 1600m and the 3200m, the impossible double. The field of runners in both events was thick with talent, and Aydin held his own, running even and solid. In these two grueling and relentless events he ended a great season and posted personal records of 6:03 and 13:30. He also ran the second leg of the medal-winning 4x200m relay and the 4x400m relay, which broke a school record in a time of 4:05.85. Sophomore Eytan led off both relays and clocked outstanding times in those 200m and 400m efforts. He has shown throughout the season that he possesses both speed and stamina, which he displayed in his 800m personal record-breaking performance, clocking in at 2:26.06. Freshman Matias led the men's running events with his speed and talent. Dogging injury all season, Matias had a breakthrough meet by qualifying for the finals in the Long Jump (placing 8th) and then running a stunning final in the 800m. He handily beat several upperclassmen in the home stretch, and earned 4th place in a field where 3rd through 6th place was separated by a mere 77 one-hundredths of a second. Matias deserves major admiration and praise for his 4 come-from-behind sprints in the prelims and finals of the boys 4x200m and 4x400m relays, which helped earned the team a 6th place medal in an incredibly tough field. Senior Ivan picked up the most hardware, as he threw and ran with authority. In the Discus, he stunned the crowd by throwing a 131' 7" on his first throw. Not even with 6 attempts each could any man come close to his mark, and he walked away with the championship and an undefeated season in that event. Different event, but same result, Ivan threw 147' 1" in the javelin and led the whole event, with no competitor coming within 11 feet of his heave. Gold, again! He furthered his spectacular day by placing second in the shot put with a throw of 43' 7". His last events were the 4x200m and 4 x400m relays, which he ran with amazing speed and grace, helping the team to a medal and a school record. His performances on the day also put him in second place overall for the boys individual high point award. Freshman Hannah raked in the bling and personal records in her 5 event outing. In the Triple Jump, she leapt to a personal best of 30' 6" and a fourth place finish. She then ran a remarkable 300 hurdles with a 4 second improvement over her preliminary time to grab third place in time of 54.78 seconds. This amazing performance was soon after her State Meet debut in the 100m finals, where she sprinted to a medal in 14.56 seconds. Her last two events were the javelin and the 200m. In the 200m, she busted out of the blocks and crossed the line in 6th with a time of 29.28, earning herself a trip to the podium. In the javelin, her first year in the event, she threw for 10th place and is elated to add that event to her agenda for next year.
As I write this, my heart is full with all of the hard work, grit and determination of these young people. They attacked their season with grace, humor and earnestness. What a great group of kids. Thank you!
3200: Personal Record: Aydin: 6:03:03
1600: Personal Record: Aydin: 13:30.91
800: Personal Record: Matias: 2:16.01 (4th Place)
800: Personal Record: Eytan: 2:26.06
300H: Personal Record: Hannah: 54.78 (3rd Place)
100m: Personal Record: Hannah: 14.56 (6th Place)
200m: Personal Record: Hannah: 29.28 (6th Place)
Triple Jump: Personal Record: Hannah: 30' 6" (4th Place)
Discus: Ivan: 131' 7" (State Champion!)
Shot: Ivan: 43' 7" (State Runner Up!)
Javelin: Ivan: 147' 1" (State Champion!)
4X200M Relay: 1:49.83 (6th Place)
4x400m Relay: 4:04.85 (School Record!)
2ND PLACE DISTRICT 1A!!!
Congratulations to the Varsity Track & Field Team for securing 2nd place in District this past Friday. Check out Coach Kyser's recap of the day:
Photo Credit: Perihan Sheard
Dear Track Friends and Families,
What a Friday! It rained, shone, snowed, blew and sleeted, but the Wolves prevailed. Our team had a tremendous, and I must say, super fun day at Districts. And the best part is we ALL qualified for State! Ivan, having already made state qualifying marks in the Discus, Javelin, and Shot Put, won all three of his events with authority and led off the 4x200 meter and the 4x400 meter relays. 5 events, 5 wins! Congratulations! Matias also had a fantastic day with wins and state qualifying performances in the 200m, 800m, Long Jump, and the anchor for both relays. His strength and versatility is tremendous asset to the team. Great Job, Matias! Eytan furthered his great season by qualifying in the 800m with a personal record breaking performance time of 2:32. He also strode with great speed as the 3rd leg of both qualifying relays. Major kudos! Aydin was the man-of-the-day running an incredibly difficult slate of events. He started his day with a win in the 3200m (2 miles!), then placed second in the 300m hurdles, in his first ever attempt at that event. After finding out that the team needed additional points to vie for first place overall, he jumped into the 1600m race and placed second. About 2 minutes later, he ran the 2nd leg of the 4x400m relay and helped secure the team a berth to State Meet. Amazing, Aydin. Thank you for your dedication to the team! Hannah, our sole girl, was just shy of placing 3rd overall AS A TEAM with her tremendous performances. She had a season best performance jump in the triple with a leap of 30 feet 1/2 inch. She followed that with a solid javelin throw, qualifying her for state, then winning the 100m dash in her first attempt at that distance. Her last event of the day was the 300 hurdles, which she ran in great form to earn her her fifth qualification for the state meet. Tremendous day, Hannah! Koray, an 8th grader, served as an invaluable member of the team by running in the 4x200m relay and helping the team qualify in that distance. Although he will be out of town during State, the team will still be able to run that race with the four boys who will represent the Wolves. Thank you, Koray!
I could not be prouder of the collective dedication of these young men and young woman throughout the duration of the season. We were nearly decimated with injury and illness, but persevered and even collected the 2nd place District Championship trophy.
Thank you parents, friends and faculty for your support of our team.
Coach Stefanie Kyser
DISTRICT 1A CHAMPIONS!!!
Congratulations to our Middle School Track Teams for bringing home trophies this week. The boys placed 2nd in the District, behind NMSD and in front of Desert Academy, who are actually Division 2A. The girls had another terrific outing and came home with the top trophy with 117 points total! Congratulations Coach Kyser and GO WOLVES!!!
Special thanks to Scott Chumpelik for providing these wonderful photos!
Introducing Coach Cole:
We are excited to introduce our new Middle School and Varsity Track & Field Coach, Everett Cole. Everett has two sons at Santa Fe Waldorf School and has been involved with the Santa Fe Waldorf community for many years. Growing up in Northern New Mexico, Everett developed a love of sports playing basketball, football, and running track. He was a member of the 1995 New Mexico AAA High School State Champion Track and Field Team and was also recognized as the Los Alamos High School Track Athlete of the Year that same season. Recently Everett has been part of the Santa Fe art scene working in galleries. This year he was an Assistant Middle School Basketball Coach. His free time is spent with family, fly fishing, fitness training and playing basketball with his sons or at local rec centers. Everett believes that school sports provide opportunity to learn skills and habits that are carried into all adventures life presents.