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Track team has championship aspirations

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Ethan Leifman, Alex Cirino

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The Track and Field team has been one of Wilson’s the most successful athletic programs. The program is led by Head Coaches Tia Clemmons and Emily Farrar. With the boys Cross-Country team finishing second place in the DCSAA State Championship and the girls team coming in first, there is plenty of belief amongst them all that the success will carry over to the track seasons.

The boys team is entering the season with a very young and goal-oriented group. Clemmons sees the team’s youth as both a short-term and a long-term benefit. “Having a young team gives us more time to develop,” Clemmons said. The team’s collective drive to improve is headed by Juniors Joe Himmelfarb and Dylan Blumenthal. “Overall I’m very excited for the upcoming track season,” Blumenthal. “It’s been a while since everyone raced on the track and we’ve got a ton of new distance runners to make themselves known. I’m confident we can have a great season even with the loss of many sprinters from the class of 2018.”

While the girls team has recently won the State Cross Country Championship, they still consider themselves underdogs when competing against tough private school competition such as Archbishop Carroll and St. John’s. Being the first public school to ever capture this title, the team enters this track season with unprecedented confidence.
With the girls team having a young team for the indoor and outdoor season, Clemmons sees the potential for major growth and eventually capturing more state titles.

“We’re definitely going through a rebuilding process right now because a lot of valuable people graduated from last year, but there’s a lot of new faces this year, and some of them are pretty promising,” says Junior Nora Webb. Webb says that the team’s goals are obviously to win the DCIAA championship, if not the DCSAA. “Ultimately, I just want the team atmosphere to be positive and encouraging so that everyone will be motivated to do their best,” Webb said.
Clemmons notes that the program is incredibly propelled by recent accomplishments from both the boys and the girls in the cross-country championship. Both Clemmons and Farrar have recently won coaching awards as well.

The boys and girls teams are very excited to have another great season and to achieve their goals of capturing back-to-back DCIAA and DCSAA titles. “When you’re a team that pushes you to be the very best, then you create a family dynamic,” said Coach Clemmons.

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