The men’s Castleton University outdoor track & field team started the season with the expectation of building upon an impressive indoor run. The team posted high marks in the record books from field events to running events. Coach Jay Condon believes his team is poised to perform well in the LEC conference championship meet.
“We want to win with as many conference champions as we can while scoring as many points as possible. We understand some things are out of our control, but the expectations are set high in order to achieve our goal of being a big time player in the LEC,” Condon said.
The team’s leadership and support has been stellar, giving players confidence in the midst of them competing throughout the season. Junior captain Zach Durr has been in awe of the support he and his teammates provide for each other.
“During the meet, we’ll all go support a teammate being loud and encouraging, but it’s unlike any team you’ll see in the conference. It’s truly a sick feeling because we all get so fired up for each other making the moment really special for all of us,” Durr said.
Junior Harrison Leombruno-Nicholson has been pleased with the development of the team. Throughout the season, personal records have been broken by individuals and school records have been set as well.
“I’ve been impressed with the team’s growth, seeing records and times improve has been great to see,” Leombruno-Nicholson said.
The team is looking to set a program high of total points scored in the LEC conference championship meet. Coming off last season’s 67 total points, Castleton is looking to surpass that mark.
Durr is really excited to see his teammates compete and potentially win medals at the LEC conference championship meet.
“I wanna see us make some noise and win a few medals, that’s something we didn’t do last year that would be incredible to do this year,” Durr said. “I wanna see us beat our point total from last year. It’s going to be a tough battle to get there, but that’s the goal no matter what because that’ll be the best scoring point total in program history.”
The culture of the program, Condon said, is for everyone to support and believe in each other while doing their part to help the team succeed.
“We have a tremendous group of athletes who work very hard every day with limited resources and because of that we’ve established a culture that produces success,” Condon said. “It takes everyone to do their part in order to make this team successful.”
The Spartans competed in the LEC conference championship meet on April 29 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts but the meet happened after the latest Spartan deadline. Team members hoped to place qualifiers in the LEC conference championship meet to qualify for the New England’s D3 Outdoor Championship meet May 5-7.