Just as we all thought we were about to be free from the clutches of Â indoor training, winter storm Stella reared her head in and put an immediate halt to that plan. Â With 29+ inches of fresh snow on the ground in Burlington, itâ€™s looking like indoor training will go on for at least another two weeks. Â Buy hey, training indoors isnâ€™t that bad, right? Â No wind, consistent temperatures, might as well be Florida.
While we still may be training indoors for the next few weeks, indoor meets have all wrapped up. Â It was a fun three months of competing that led our club to a New England title and a runner-up prize at the USATF Adirondack Championship , 5Â club records, and some big ambitions for the outdoor season.
Here are some of the highlights of the season for us:
Hosting Indoor sessions
For the first time in our 4 years as a club, we were able to sanction official team practices indoors at UVM’s indoor track. Â This gaveÂ our members access to train and be with the club for more than just the summer months. Â We had our most competitive indoor competition squad ever, thanks to these sessions.
Partnering with the UVM Running Club
We are always excited to share the love of Sprinticity to new groups of people, this winter we partnered with UVM’s running club. Â This partnership gives members of the UVM running club access to track and field training and coaching, when they were previously just a distance running group. Â We are looking forward to seeing where this partnership goes in the future!
Sweeping the NE Championships
Our women’s team has won outdoor New England’s in 2015, so to has our men’s team in 2016; this year was the first that we won both at at the same meet. Â At a meet with around 20 clubs competing for the title, Sprinticity prevailed as the overall champions in dominant fashion, hopefully Â this is the beginning of a new dynasty in club track and field.
My Mai breaking 21 in long jump at Harvard
Long time club member and resident Sprinticity Webmaster, My Mai finally broke the barrier to the ‘elusive’ 21 feet in long jump. Â Having trained hand and consistently since September for the indoor season, we are so pleased to see him getting the success that he well deserves! Â Look for My Mai to break the even more elusive 22 foot mark this outdoor season.
HS vs Post-Collegiate 4×400 at Harvard
The old vs the new is always fun to watch, no matter what you’re watching; in this case, it was a 4×400 relay between Sprinticity’s post-collegiates and Vermont’s high school elite athletes at the New England Championship meet. Â On the post collegiate side it was Kevin Chu, Will Supple, Kyle Chu, and Ethan Fontneau, versus the high school elite team of Abi Lowe, Seth Beard, Madey Madey, and Ismail Liban. Â Winning by a couple of seconds was the post-collegiates, but something tells me that if these two teams raced in a 4x100m, the high school elites would take the win.
What now? We are fully in transition mode getting ready to hit the outdoor track to drop some fast times. Â Our 400 meter runners are especially excited to only have to run one lap in their race, instead of two. Â Weâ€™ll have a few early season meets to get tuned up, with a few exhibition 200m races at Vermont high school meets (shout out to TrackLife Timing!) before we start traveling down to NYC and Boston for high caliber championship meets.
As we wrap up and say our goodbyes to this season, we also have some exciting announcements coming in the next couple of months regarding our Elite RosterÂ and training for this summer!