The Notre Dame College Men’s Track and Field team has been on the rise this season and they are now looking to take the next step.
This season has everyone around the program excited because a few athletes achieved personal record times and others are ranked nationally in their events.
The first full season as a coaching staff has gone very well for Head Coach Charlie Massi and Assistant Coach Derrick Young.
“I have been astounded with the performances this season,” Young said. “We have gotten great responses from the athletes.”
The Falcons success began early with the indoor track and field season. The indoor season is prior to the beginning of outdoor track and field. The Falcons accomplishments might have been unexpected in the eyes of other teams in the conference.
“The indoor season went well with our hurdlers and jumpers being the core of the team,” Young said. “We sent shockwaves through the nation.”
Many of the accomplishments in the outdoor season include performances by Rio Johnson, who broke a school record in high jump along with Charles Astin who is ranked #32 in Division II in high jump and achieved a collegiate personal record.
Another great performance was for Cody Frey, who is ranked #23 in Division II in 400 hurdles.
Young also mentioned Olusegun Agaja, who was very close to getting to Nationals this season and Devin Wingfield who reached many of his personal best times early in the season.
“We would like for the athletes to be hitting their peak around the conference and national championship,” Young said.
For Young and the rest of the track team, they want to continue improving this season and for years to come. The coaches’ aim is for students to graduate, as the first goal is academics.
On the track, the team will be aiming for a National Championship and to develop their talent.
“We want this program to be known for academics and athletics,” Young said. “We want the athletes to always aim high.”