As spring arrives, so do the spring sports on campus. And with the Notre Dame College Falcons track and field team ready for the outdoor season, the optimism continues to grow.
The indoor season just ended , and the teams are certainly prepped to compete in warmer weather.
The men’s track and field team ran very well during the indoor season. In fact, they were ranked seventh in the region at one point.
Another exciting take away is the number of athletes who will be returning. On the men’s side, the team only has two seniors and the women’s team has only one senior this season.
“We have a good core coming back,” Head Coach Charles Massi said. “They are looking to make an impact in the outdoor season.”
A few runners represented Notre Dame Track and Field exceptionally well. Kahleef Gravesande, who is a junior, just missed nationals in the 400-meter race. Charles Astin, also a junior, earned All-Atlantic Region honors for his performance during the indoor season. Senior Toure McCully was ranked seventh in the country at one point in the indoor season.
“These great student-athletes have helped place NDC track on the map,” Massi said. “They are vocal leaders that take the underclassmen under their wing.”
According to Massi, the team started two-a day practices after Labor Day. This training came after a summer full of individual workouts. Then the indoor season fine-tunes the athletes in preparation for the outdoor season.
When preparing for the indoor season, the team takes charter busses to Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. And then for outdoor season, the team utilizes the turf fields on campus and uses Brush High School’s track.
Gone are the days when the team could use vans for transportation as they have quadrupled in size over the past several years.
“Our Athletic Director Scott Swain has allowed us to take busses in order to train at Spire, and we really appreciate that,” Massi said.
The women’s team has added depth, allowing the coaching staff to believe they can finish in the top half of the Mountain East Conference in the outdoor season.
The men have a lot of talent returning and have a “legitimate” shot at the MEC Championship, according to their coach.
“All of the training has been like stepping stones for us,” Massi said. “We are looking to breakthrough in the conference.”