Led by coaches Eric Goode, John Alley and Kevin Coley, the BCP track squad is preparing for its first upcoming meets. The team has had a few strange seasons in the recent past, with COVID-19 closing in and shortening seasons, lack of participants and a busy coaching squad, the track team took a blow.
Regardless of these deterrents, the team is ready to make a comeback. “I’m very excited for the upcoming meets,” said junior Terrence Rhodes. “We didn’t have many meets last season, and I’m happy I can finally compete again.”
There are four meets, as of now, scheduled for the season with more expected to come. The four meets are: the Collegiate Polar Bear Meet, Lampert Timing Meet One, Lampert Timing Meet Two and the VISAA State Championships. Last year the team was able to succeed in placing at states, an achievement that is but a crumb of what the it hopes to achieve this year. "The team is at its best," said Coach Alley. "I know we can achieve a lot, with the proper approach."
Sadly, Coach Alley is slowly estranging from his position of distance coach this season, other obligations regarding his work have taken time from him, making it unable for him to make all practices. He is still able to send the runners workouts, but is wistfully being taken from his prominent position. The distance team will miss his presence at practices, as he was a phenomenal coach. "Coach Alley is a great coach and one of the best I've ever had," stated sophomore Clint Ellison. "I've learned a lot from him, and I'm glad he was my coach."
The runners take to the track almost every afternoon in preparation for their upcoming meets. The team's work ethic and drive to succeed is better than that of previous years, and it is ready to take on whatever competition is thrown its way. "I can feel the energy buzzing at practices," said sophomore Antonio Schoenborn. "We are all excited and enjoy each other's company, which strengthens the will to be there and give it our all"
The team will do its best, which can attest for most of Benedictine athletics. No matter what, Cadets give their all. "I don't care how you perform, as long as you put in the work, try your hardest and perform to the best of your ability," said Coach Coley. "This will be the best season yet."