Men’s track off to blazing start

By Elizabeth Brachelli
April 6, 2006

Dan Squire

Cabrini’s men’s track team is swinging back into the outdoor season for their first meet this weekend. They will be heading to the Widener Invitational and are prepared to leave their mark for the beginning of a successful season.

Although the team is small in numbers and young, they plan to leave their mark nationally. They have seven members on the team. There is only one upperclassman, while the rest of the team remains young and fresh.

Despite their lack of leadership from upperclassmen, the Cavaliers are supported by head coach, Tom O’ Hora, who is entering his 26th season at Cabrini. Since they don’t have enough members to qualify for the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference championship, O’ Hora explained that they have different goals for the season.

O’ Hora, said, “We have a lot of quality, not quantity,” when he was questioned about the number of members on the team.

Since the Cavaliers won’t be participating in the PAC championship, they’ll be taking part in another conference. This year, for the first time, the Cavaliers will be part of the Mason Dixon Conference championship which is a goal that O’Hora has been shooting for. The Mason Dixon Conference will be held in the beginning of May, in Salisbury, Md. The conference consists of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III schools from Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and North Carolina. O’Hora expects the team to be in the top three.

When Justin Walsh, a freshman and exercise science major, was asked if he thought it would be a good season he smiled and said, “Of course.”

Teammate Chris Sweeney, a sophomore accounting major, was in agreement with Walsh. He said, “It’s definitely going to be better than last year. We’re traveling together a lot more and we’ve proven ourselves.”

O’Hora also explained that the team has a lot of strength this year because of the individual attention they receive. O’Hora believes coaching with James Williams, head coach for the women’s track team and Cabrini alumni has been great because they can both work together and give the team the needed attention. More than half of the Cavaliers qualify for the Eastern College Athletic Conference and several of the members qualify for nationals. In the next two years, O’Hora plans on having six-seven qualifiers for nationals.

O’Hora said, “Our program has reached a point where we have respect from other programs.”

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