Small indoor track team does big things

By Jessica Giordano
February 15, 2001

The indoor track season is under way and not surprisingly off to a successful start. Although the team is small, it consistently does extremely well in competitions. This season is no exception.

Last month in a meet held at Albright College both the men and the women came in third place overall.

On Feb. 3, at the Franklin and Marshall Invitational the team showed a strong presence, with Ryan Jones coming in first in the 1, 000-meter run. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, Jones also beat a school record finishing the race at 2:40. He also came in fifth in the 800-meter run.

“We are a small team, but we are all strong runners,” Jones says. The senior pre-med major adds that his goals are to personally make all regional for the 1, 000-meter run in the Distance Medley Relay (DMR) and for the team to make all regional in addition.

Jason Bull also did well at the Franklin and Marshall Invitational placing fourth in the 1, 500-meter run and sixth in the 1, 000-meter. Bull, a senior communications major is happy with the season thus far and says he is having his “best season to date.” Bull would also like to see the team make all regional in DMR and to personally qualify for the Eastern College Athletic Conference in March for the mile.

In the team’s most recent event, the Collegiate Track Championship, held in New York on Feb. 11, the Cabrini runners once again demonstrated their excellence. Jason Bull came in sixth in the mile run, breaking a Cabrini record finishing in 4:27.52. T.J. Bruzek placed sixth in the 800-meter finishing in 2:00.9. Colin Broderick placed in ninth place for the 500-meter finishing in 1:10.6. Ryan Jones came in third overall for the 1,000-meter, breaking his own school record at 2: 37.01. Kristin Zielinski finished in 2:28 for the 800-meter. For the men’s 4 X 800 relay another Cabrini record was broken, with the team finishing at 8:23.

The team’s coach of 19 years, Thomas O’Hora, commends the women and men for their self-discipline, devotion and successes this season and in the past. “They are very reliable and caring people,” O’Hora says. O’Hora, who has an extremely impressive record as an international runner himself, is often frustrated as a coach that more athletes are not involved with the track team. Although the season has already started, it is not too late for those interested to get involved. “We welcome people on the team,” O’Hora said.

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