by Margot Zuckerman
Chadwick Track and Field kicks off the season with a record-setting season.
In the team’s first eight meets, seven school records were set. Junior Sam Cartwright broke the 800-meter record twice, and seniors Alec Borsook and Jaye Buchbinder set new boys’ and girls’ 3200- meter records. Both boys’ and girls’ teams broke Distance Medley Relay records and are on their way to breaking the 1600-meter relay records, and the boys have broken the record for the 4×400-meter relay.
Sophomore Sam Speroni also has competed in pole vaulting this season, which is an event that many Chadwick athletes participate in during track and field. However, just by attempting the event, pole vaulters are able to earn points for their team in league meets. This season, Speroni has broken the pole vault record.
“[So far,] our team has done outstanding,” said Buchbinder. “[Coach Tyson] Sacco has really raised the level of competition and is really instigating change in the distance program that has paid off.”
Although Sacco has been involved with Track and Field for a long time, this season is his first season as a full team coach for the distance runners on the team.
The team’s success is owed in part to Buchbinder herself, who has broken four Chadwick records and now hopes to win state in the 800-meter and the 3200-meter events this season.
Buchbinder has already qualified for the National Championships in the mile and two-mile this season. She is currently ranked 10th in California in the mile and 8th in California in the two-mile. Her goal is to be in the top five in the nation in all of her events.
Another exciting factor in this year’s team is the large number of new runners, said Coach Sacco. ”We have freshmen and sophomores that have never raced before on the team, and some of them have improved their times in every single race. It is cool to see future star Chadwick runners at the start of their careers!”
Several underclassmen, including freshman Ben Bush and sophomores Moises Valencia and Evan Hamilton, are currently running as fast or faster than Borsook (the current school record holder in the two-mile) did when he was in 9th and 10th grade.
“They could be next!” Sacco said. “The same thing goes for a big group of 9th and 10th-grade girls. They are amazed to see Jaye Buchbinder competing with the best female runners in the nation. What they don’t realize is that she started out just like them, and if they keep working hard and love the sport, they can get to her level, too.”
Of course, in order to obtain this level of excellence, many practice sessions this season have been noticeably hard.
Buchbinder said, “Although we’ve been working really hard, practice every day is so much fun, and I can’t wait to see some new records!”