By Alana Rettig
For the Brooklyn Tech Track and Field Team, the running never stops. The dedicated boys and girls run cross country in the fall, indoor track in the winter, and outdoor track in the spring. The running seasons morph from one to next with very little time in between. The outdoor track season starts as soon as the runners are finished with the city championship meet for indoor track.
The first race for outdoor track is on March 29 and the runners are preparing.
“We have practice almost every day, after school and on the weekends,” says third year runner JT Hinchen ’14.
Runners, like Kenneth Rodriguez ’14 and Lisa Je ’14, have been on the team all four years at Tech.
“I hope that this season is my best season and I am trying to spend as much time with the team as possible before I leave,” Rodriguez ’14 said.
When asked what the best part of the track family was, Je ’14 said “I was able to make so many friends as a freshman and it’s not just the girls team. I’ve met so many boys and coaches and people from other teams. It’s so exhilarating to know that there are so many people out there who share my love for running. It’s just a sport that is so worth it that I find myself going insane when I can’t make it to practice after school.”
For outdoor track, both Hinchen and Rodriguez run the 3200 meters and 1600 meters and 4×800 meters relays.
As for running in college, both seniors are unsure.
“It depends on the school, either as a club sport if I feel like I can’t handle both academics and athletics, but if I go to a school where I think I can juggle both then I will try to,” said Hinchen, who was also unsure but was leaning towards running cross country if he wanted to keep running.
Although the team will surely miss its graduating seniors, it has several strong underclassmen who are ready to lead Tech to future victories.
Harry Branch-Shaw ’16, Andrew Pokorny ’16, and Michael Yaccarino ’16 have greatly improved over the last two seasons.
Additionally, Pedro Millard ’15, who tends to run the longer distance races, like Hinchen and Rodriguez, is one of the stronger competitors on the team. Although he enjoys all three seasons, he especially excels in cross country events in the fall. As he transitions to outdoor track he looks forward to being able to practice outside the building.
“No one likes running around the fourth floor, but with the especially harsh winter we have experienced, we were forced to spend a lot of this season practicing indoors. I’m looking forward to the spring season and daily outdoor practices,” said Millard.