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January 25, 2013

On track for perfect season

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“It was definitely hard losing a lot of upperclassman in these past couple of years, really,” said Stansel, who started running track in eighth grade and has been running ever since. “But we’ve had a lot of really good underclassmen coming in, so we’re making up for it. We have a few more years to go.”

Stansel runs the 600 along with partner James Nutter, who himself is undefeated this season.

“Stansel and James Nutter have been fantastic in the 600,” said Foley. “Nutter is undefeated in that particular event, and Stansel has got many a second place, running people down. They both have worked so hard and filled a big area we were concerned about. But we wouldn’t be there without them.”

Also undefeated is Preston in the shot put.

“I’ve been doing it for six years now,” Preston said of his success throwing a round, heavy object. “I am just used to it. Currently I’m just overcoming my own form. It’s kind of a personal battle.”

Holbrook, who runs the relay along with Stansel, Healey and sophomore Chance Carpenter, has seen only two regular-season losses in his four years in the program, and is proud of what this team has accomplished.

“I feel like I’ve accomplished what I wanted to do in my senior year,” said Holbrook. “I feel like we can prove something in our last season. It’s good to go undefeated. It’s going to be hard to do that in the spring.”

Holbrook also says that the indoor track team is a little more subdued than the notoriously goofy cross-country team, of which he is also a part.

“We are a little bit more serious, I would say,” Holbrook says of the indoor team versus cross-country. “We don’t joke around as much, but there still is a lot of joking. It’s still fun. Because Alex Salah is weird, and Chris Orlando is still around.”

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