Pritzker Track & Field Team attain a favorable outcome at the Noble Championship

Pritzker Girls Track & Field team posing after winning Third place in the Track & Field Championship.

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Pritzker Girls Track & Field team posing after winning Third place in the Track & Field Championship.

On Saturday, April 24 at Triton College, the Track & Field Team, coached by junior history teacher Joshua Sosa and PE teacher Tamika Robinson, competed at the Noble Championship. The Pritzker track and field team put up a valiant effort. The girls placed third in the competition. Ariana Gomez Captain, and Senior, explained how, “The season was a pretty great one this year. We were fortunate enough to have a team that was willing to put in the work at practice in order to get better and better. […] The girls placed 3rd in the Noble Championship, so that was definitely very exciting because this is the first time that Track and Field has placed for anything at all.”
Coaching plays a huge role in the success of any team. “The coaching was a huge part of the team because in T & F you have to be very conditioned in order to finish the race in the top place,” said Nathan Lopez, a senior member of the track & field team. We practiced hard every day we had practice and it showed in our meets.” Gomez agreed and stated, “I think that the coaching was definitely an important part to the success of the team. I couldn’t have asked to be part of a better team with some of the most supportive and encouraging coaches, Ms. Robinson and Mr. Sosa. They helped and encouraged each person on the team.”
Another important factor in a team’s success is its members’ bonding. As Gomez pointed out, “the bond that this year’s team created also played an EXTREMELY big part in the team’s success. This year we had the chance to get really close to one another, and because of that, we were able to actually work as a team to push one another to be the best version of ourselves that we could be.”
As the school year comes to an end, new faces will join the team. Unfortunately, it means that the seniors will leave as well. Both Gomez and Lopez joined the team as freshmen. Gomez explained, “It’s definitely a very sad feeling, especially because I have been a part of this sport since freshman year. It’s a very heartbreaking feeling when I think about not coming back next year to compete with the team, but I am also confident that next year the team will accomplish great things. The team knows that I am so beyond proud of how far they have come since the very 1st day of conditioning.” Lopez also shared the same feelings, “I feel a sense of sadness as this sport has been here in my life since I was a freshman and I really enjoyed myself out there, and making new friends and making memories with the next generation of future athletes. I’m very proud of everyone on this team, and I expect great things from this group of special people.”
Looking back at the season, Lopez did not have an exact favorite memory. instead, he thought of “The first couple of days of T&F because I got to see new potential and see who is a leader and who is going to commit to the team because it is very difficult to continue day to- day, high-intensity workouts, but it makes me proud looking at the struggles and unfamiliarity with everyone to what is now a solid, hard-working family.” While for Gomez, it would have to be “that feeling of accomplishment when they announced the Pritzker Jaguars had won third place at the Noble Championship.”