By Leo Charlebois
The NAHS winter track season is upon us and this year NAHS is looking to improve its last season record of 3-2. This is an extremely achievable goal due to the fact that NAHS has switched out of the larger Kelley-Rex division and into the smaller Davenport division of the Hockomock league.
However, despite the league transition for NAHS, the competition is still fierce. North will face a strong Canton team for their first dual meet competition on December 10th. Then, a week later, NAHS competes against Sharon, an extremely strong rival, that barely surpassed them at last year’s Hockomock championship. NAHS ends the season with meets against Stoughton, Milford and finally Foxboro–all expected victories.
The team has reduced from last year’s 73 members to 55 for the upcoming 2016 season.
“I’m expecting a championship run from the team this year. We’re a lot smaller in size, but not in talent,” said NAHS winter track captain and 55-meter dash runner Nick Rajotte.
The team’s head coach is Mr. Holster, an English teacher at NAHS. Under Mr. Holster, the team has won numerous Hockomock championships.
The future for NAHS winter track looks extremely bright, due to the talent of the sophomore and junior classes. The sophomore class has a state qualifying 800 meter, mile and 2 miler in Liam Monahan.
The junior class is even more impressive. Griffin Wachowski is a 200-meter state qualifier and vital team member.
“I can’t believe track season is already here. I’ve been having a lot of fun in the off season, but I’m ready to get out there and get back in shape,” said Griffin Wachowski.
Another junior star is 5’8” Matt Tarantino, a Hockomock Champion high jumper and his personal best is an astonishing 6 feet 1 inch.
“I’m very excited now that track is finally here. I want to go out and dominate the competition again this year,” said Matt Tarantino.
North is also extremely strong in field events, particularly shotput. North’s shotput squad scored more points last season than any other group.
For the hurdle events, Jon Schultz is ready to have a tremendous year. He is a state qualifier in the 55-meter hurdles and has competed at Nationals for his hurdle relay team.
“Mid squad is going to be really fun this year, [I] can’t wait to get out there and have a blast with my boys,” said Jon Schultz.
With all their speedy weapons, NAHS winter track is bound to have a very successful season.