Track and Field captains take the lead
Good captains reach success—but great captains help others reach success. Northwood’s Track and Field captains are motivating the T-Wolves to find strength within themselves and shoot for the stars.
Holding three 1st place school records in the long jump, triple jump and 100-meter hurdles, senior Kellie May has proven herself to be the most valuable member of the Northwood Track and Field team. As a role model, Kellie is inspired by her teammates to be the best athlete she can be. May is excited to continue her track career as a heptathlete at Seattle Pacific University next year.
At practice, senior Derek Huynh can be found at the high jump pit giving advice to his teammates after every jump, constantly pushing them to fix their mistakes and reach their full potential. He thrives on meeting new people in competition and demonstrates extraordinary sportsmanship. As last year’s season came to a close, Huynh’s dedication shined through as he participated in a decathlon consisting of four running events and six field events.
Kim pushes through grueling sprint workouts with a great attitude and leads the sprint team by example. The most difficult aspect of Track and Field for Kim is the case of nerves he gets before a 400-meter race. However, from experience and never-ending team support, Kim is able to overcome those struggles before every race.
“It’s funny to say, but it’s come to the point where I enjoy the nerves,” Kim said.
He has set goals for his senior year and hopes to beat his sprint times from last year.
As a junior captain, Ahmed has proven her leadership ability through admirable effort given to every race. Ahmed’s hard work has paid off; over the years, she has shown constant improvement in her running-event times in the 200-meter and 400-meter. Along with working hard as an individual, her caring nature and instructive advice help her teammates improve and strive to run as effortlessly as she does.
Northwood’s track coaches can rely on versatile athlete senior Amanda Bolger to carry the team by her success in multiple running events. She is a top runner in the 400-meter, 200-meter, 300-meter hurdles, and is part of the 4×100-meter relay team. Bolger not only awes her teammates with her natural athletic talent, but also with her hard work at training sessions and meets.
Known as an important player on Northwood’s Varsity Football team, senior Ramal Silva is also a highly respected member of the Track and Field team. He excels in shot put and discus throw, earning a spot on the school record board for both events. Each meet, he secures several crucial points needed to beat other schools in PCL league.
Senior Sami Murphy holds a high 1600-meter time on the school record board and has been a significant member to Northwood’s Girls Varsity Track and Field team since her freshman year. Her lively spirit and encouragement motivates her teammates through endless miles of running in distance training sessions.
Northwood’s hiring of a pole vault coach was good news to senior Julian Untalan, who has shown dedication to the event for the past three years as a one-man team. With the new coach, Untalan is finally able to lead a pole vault team this year and teach his teammates everything he has learned. He embodies the skill and confidence of an outstanding competitor that his teammates look up to and strive to be.
Senior Stefan Hendley serves as an important member of the team, excelling in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. While fierce in hurdle races, Hendley’s positivity in training and meets is contagious and sets his teammates at ease. The Timberwolves are looking to Hendley to lead the Boys Varsity hurdle team to success.
As a well spoken and vocal leader, senior Cole Williams’ undeniable leadership ability brings the Northwood Track and Field team together. Although his strength lies in distance events such as the 800-meter and 1600-meter run, Williams provides support to everyone on the team and is willing to encourage his teammates competing in different events.
The Northwood jump team can rely on Banko’s honesty and technical advice to help them improve and reach their goals. A senior, Banko has put time and effort into long jump and triple jump since his freshman year. Over the years, he has learned several lessons since joining track, one being perseverance.
“Always stay dedicated to a goal no matter what,” Banko said. “You may reach a plateau, but there are always more mountains that you can climb to reach greater heights.”
Northwood’s Track and Field captains continue to work hard in training and hope to reach those greater heights by leading the Timberwolves to victory. The team expects to continue its success at Irvine High School this Thursday.
“Our captains this year have demonstrated quality leadership in athletics,” head coach Louie Muniz said. “They are unselfish and have the team concept in their daily attitude and behavior. The captains are a reflection in what is desirable in today’s athletic youth and they will motivate our program throughout the season.”