By Leonel Barrigh
^ The Team preparing for the long, intensity filled day. There is a common misconception that track is a sport for individuals. However, track and field is largely a team sport. Of course you have the individual rewards given to the athletes that showed an outstanding level of performance in their respective categories, alas the overall track and field experience is highly dependent on your teammates. They are the ones that push you every practice to give it your all, they are the ones that encourage you during a race and give you the motivation to give a little more when you have nothing left nearing the end of a race.
The UAS track and field team experienced it this past few months, regularly attending practices that would demand the best out of them, and putting their abilities to the test in two consecutive meets at the end of the season. This past month of March the track and field team had a busy two weeks. This involved two consecutive meets. One of them was the ECC (Emirates Coastal Conference) meet. This was a meet that involved several of our rival schools; including DAA, ACS, GWA, AISA and the host school ASD. This turned out be a fun meet and fairly successful for the UAS track team. Some athletes earned great victories in their correspondent events while others managed to place in highly competitive races, making it a weekend to remember. One of the highlights of this meet was being able to witness fellow teammate Carlos Diaz, whom not only won the gold medal in high jump but also broke the school’s record by jumping an impressive 1.8 meters. However it wasn’t until the ISAC meet a week later that the UAS Track Team had the opportunity to harvest the fruits of their hard labor. Involving teams from Jordan (ACS Amman) and Kuwait (AISK, AIS) the ISAC track and field meet being hosted in our own campus was a huge success. All of the athletes gave a spectacular performance making all of their hard work worth it. One of the things that stood out the most however was the Varsity Relay in which UAS pulled a fantastic victory from behind. The team compromised of two JV athletes (Karim Bakir and Jorge Barrigh) that with all their effort and dedication managed to give the team an edge against Varsity level athletes. Even Dr.Brandt the director of our school described this as an “outstanding victory” on behalf of UAS.
At the Varsity level our team compromised of only 4 athletes (Gabe Baramki, Carlos Diaz, Leonel Barrigh and Gerrit Genis) did an outstanding job managing to collectively earn 9 gold medals out of 13 events. This got them second place in the overall meet, quite an impressive job considering their small numbers. At the JV level both girls and boys made a fabulous job by earning third and fourth place respectively. With this stupendous show of hard work and dedication the UAS track team concluded their season and are now looking forward to next year’s season. However in order to make next year’s team even more successful, we need you, the athletes in the UAS community, and event the people who don’t view themselves as athletes to join the team and help it prosper. I promise that you will not regret it, for track and field is a beautiful sport, filled with hard work, but the rewards that come from it are worth the effort.
^ The Varsity Relay Team celebrating alongside Dr. Brandt