CONGRATULATIONS to the following athletes who are advancing to the NYSPSHAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships:
KUDOS to our other competing athletes for their stellar Day 2 performances:
Complete results of Day One can be found here.
Congratulations to Sam Panzer who has advanced to the finals in the 200m dash and to Emmy Jackson for her podium finish in the 3000m run. Kudos to Gwen Gisler for making finals in the long jump and to Dakota Edwards, Phillip Linnick, George Taylor, Hana Thibault, Ellie Howell, and Ethan Burt for their strong Day One performances!
Congratulations to the girls team: Repeat Section IV Class C Champions!
Boys team finished 5th! Well done! Check out the Lansing Star article on this meet.
Check out the Lansing Star article about this meet.
Thanks to Tracey Austin for great photos below!
Congratulations to the Lansing girls who captured their second consecutive IAC Large School title last night! Last year, it was a close battle with Newark Valley - but this year, the girls won in dominant fashion, finishing 52 points ahead of the Cardinals.
The boys team was tied with Trumansburg for third at the end of day one, only 6 points away from the top spot. It looked to be a close race between the top four large schools. With the Raiders stepping up the competition on Day 2, the young Bobcats fell to 4th place with their eyes on capturing this title in the future. The Raiders would win the boys competition by 34 points with Waverly (81 points) taking second and Dryden (75 points) in third. Lansing was just 4 points behind them with 71 points.
Complete meet results can be found here.
Congratulations to Meghan and Catie for their record-setting performances at IACs this year:
We traveled to Corning on Friday night for the Fast Times Invitational -- and true to its name, this meet yielded fast times and big heights and distances. TWENTY personal records were set along with a school record and many season bests. Lansing girls finished 2nd of 13 teams, falling only to Class A school Corning and the boys finished 3rd behind Corning and Horseheads.
Congratulations to Catie Eisenhut '20 who broke her own school record with a new 1500 time of 4:44.51.
Full results of the meet can be found here.
Most recent coverage of our programs can be found here: Lansing Star article
Original article is entitled: "What to Do When You Are Getting Crushed by the Super Swimmer" by Olivier Poirier-Leroy and can be found here. Below, it's adapted for track and field.
You feel the rush of wind from your teammate’s kick as he motors past you with seeming ease.
Another workout, another dusting.
It’s a common problem we all experience at some point or another: training or competing against The Natural, the runner/thrower/jumper/vaulter who can barely show up to practice and still kick your butt all over the place by virtue of a sickly amount of talent. Making this worse is when your work ethic far outshines the hard work being performed by The Natural…and they are getting all the attention from a fawning coach as well.
It can feel deflating.
It can make us feel like our training is pointless.
The reality is this: you can’t change talent.
You can only change what you can do with yours.
Here’s why you should turn your frown upside-down:
THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE SOMEONE WITH MORE TALENT. AND THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE SOMEONE WITH LESS TALENT.
It’s easy to look across the lane or runway or throwing area and wish that you had the other-worldly talent of someone else. But get this: someone is looking at you and thinking the exact same thing.
There is an athlete in the other lane that is looking at you and wishing and pining for the talent you have. There will always be someone faster, someone more talented, someone more genetically gifted, etc. Just like there will always be someone with less talent, who is less further along than you are.
Now, you can waste energy and focus by commiserating over your “misfortune”, but besides tickling your desire for self-pity, it’s not going to help you run faster, jump higher/longer or throw farther.
USE THE COMPARISON TO POWER YOUR PERFORMANCE.Comparison-making can be a powerful and motivational tool…when it is used properly. Using the talent of others as a yardstick for yourself can be used for good or bad.
It’s okay to get mad. To get pissed. As long as you are using those “negative” emotions to make positive changes at the track (same goes for life in general).
If you are looking across the track and using the frustration and dissatisfaction to rise to the occasion more often during your practices, and if you use that sense of unfairness to push you to recover harder, eat better, and sleep more… Well, what do you think is gonna happen?
You are going to improve like crazy.
On the other hand, if you use the performance of other track and field athletes as a barometer for how you should train today, for how you should prepare to give your best, and for how you take care of yourself on and off the track…well, at that point comparison-making can become a detriment to your meet day performance.
TALENT ISN’T ALL IT IS MADE OUT TO BE.
For every naturally-gifted athlete that “makes it”—and there are plenty—there are many, many more talented athletes who never get anywhere because they relied on their talent alone. They were spoiled by the early and easy success talent gave them. They expected talent to be “enough” to be successful over the long term. Being talented brings with it expectations that it be fully developed (you owe it to yourself to develop it, as onlookers, parents and coaches will remind the talented runner/jumper/thrower), which can mess with an athlete’s self-identity.
Is talent helpful? Of course, it can be. But it is a lousy predictor of work ethic. It doesn’t dictate character. And it doesn’t instill a tenacious attitude.
YOU LEARN QUICKER WHAT IT TAKES TO BE SUCCESSFUL. I’ve written before on the limitations and burden of talent. One of the “curses” of talent is that it blinds you to what high-grade athletic performance truly entails. Talent can hide the hard work, the dedication, the commitment to the details that are required to be successful at the track and on the field.
The upside for our less talented track and field athlete is that they learn early on what it takes to be successful. They are more aware to the changes and improvement they need to make. Talent can blind the gifted into thinking they don’t need to improve their skills. That the details don’t matter. Hard work will take you further than talent ever will. And more importantly, you will have earned it.
What does getting bummed out over someone else’s talent get you?
Nothing. This form of comparison-making is debilitative. It erodes confidence. It instills a sense of victimization. It is not fair, so what’s the point of even trying? FOCUSING ON SOMEONE ELSE’S TALENT ROBS YOU OF YOUR OWN JOURNEY.
Getting better at the track is a trip, man.
There are moments that stick out, and that are inordinately personal. There are things you did, and they are the things that constitute your journey as a runner, jumper, and thrower.
Being perpetually distracted by what the athlete in the next lane is doing steals these experiences from you. It takes away the opportunity to focus on your own process. To develop better self-awareness. To check your weaknesses, to multiply your strengths, and to recognize your moments of excellence and resilience.
“Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed—there’s so little competition.” –Elbert Hubbard
As I write this, the sun is finally shining and it feels like spring -- maybe even summer! -- at last! The 2nd Annual Bobcats Field Festival will begin at 4pm this afternoon. Come on over and watch some great jumping and throwing at Sobus Field!
Meanwhile, the Lansing track and field program headed over to the Waite Molnar Invitational at Elmira last Saturday where the girls finished second to Corning and the boys finished fourth. For both of our squads, they took top honors among Division 2 schools. On Monday, the athletes followed it up with a clean sweep: boys and girls won against both Whitney Point and Southern Cayuga.
Check out the most recent coverage of our program and its athletes: