As the 2014 Boys Track and Field season approaches, the Hawk’s hopes are set high. Due to Hawken’s previous success, fans wonder whether 2014 will yield triumph or defeat.
Last year, Hawken lost two very successful athletes, Ally Markovich and Adam Berry, who were both state qualifiers multiple years. In 2013, Ally set a C.V.C metro division meet record in both the 800 meter run and the 4 x 800 meter relay.
Regional qualifier Aric Floyd talks about the effect these athletes had on the team as he says, “Last year’s senior class was one of the best Hawken Track & Field has seen in a while, with high profile athletes on the boys and girls sides as well as a lot of depth that was perhaps not as well recognized by people outside of the team. Losing them is obviously tough, but as I learned from a similar situation during this soccer season, filling vacancies like that can be a powerful motivator to work hard, go back to basics and really rebuild the team. If we take the success of last year as proof of what is possible for us to accomplish and really work towards it, I think we can be just as successful overall this year.”
These athletes brought the team to numerous victories and had an impact that will surely be remembered. This year Hawken also loses their coach Chris Farroni. The new coach is a former Hawken teacher and coach, Bryan Wadsworth. This change in the program is substantial because Coach Farroni was an effective mentor to the runners on the team and led them to many victories. Change in general can be hard for sports teams, but Hawken athletic director James Doyle trusts his decision. He says, “Bryan Wadsworth is an excellent coach and teacher. Coach Wadsworth is a former Hawken teacher and coach, has outstanding experience of track coaching success, and is a tremendously enthusiastic and caring coach. I think our kids are going to love being under his leadership, and I think they are going to thrive.”
Floyd corroborates Doyle and explains that “There are also some similarities between Mr. Wadsworth and our old coach Mr. Farroni; both have cross-country backgrounds and specialize in distance events, for example. So I think the biggest changes from the new coaching situation won’t come in the ways the specific events are coached, but rather in the overall philosophy and attitude of the team. In a psychological sport like track & field though, that can make a huge difference.”
When it comes to the success of the team, senior and district qualifier Kevin Harkey also has high hopes and explains, “I think the team will be very successful this year…We have some strong athletes on this team that can make a big push for States.” If what Harkey and Floyd are saying is any indication of the future, this year’s Track and Field team will achieve great things.