Dartmouth outdoor track teams working on sportsmanship
With the Dartmouth High boys and girls track teams coming off of winter championships, athletes are keeping focused and building better relationships.
Both teams competed at its second event of the year against New Bedford on April 17, coming off of a league meet against Bridgewater-Raynham on April 10. The boys took home a win in that meet while the girls suffered a loss.
Girls’ captain Lily Carroll said previous captains taught valuable lessons about about building each other up. It’s a goal everyone is trying to implement this season.
“A strong sense of team sportsmanship and just that team atmosphere because sometimes with track because it’s an individual sport sometimes we can lose that, but we want to keep that team essence,” Carroll said.
This season, someone will always cheer on a competing teammate. Many runners could be seen coaching their peers on from the sidelines at the April 17 meet.
Coach Caitlin McCarron-Deely is taking over coaching for both the boys and girls this year – something captains said can be overwhelming at times.
“We’ve had a lot of coaches come and go in the past years, so it’s nice to have coach McCarron who’s been there and has taken charge of both teams, but it can be a little chaotic sometimes,” captain Cassidy Vaccari said.
While the teams are not big on traditions, members are kick starting new ones, like a team theme day, and volunteer days at the Dartmouth YMCA.
The Indians’ next meet is on April 25 at 4 p.m. against Dufree High School at Dartmouth High School. Dartmouth High is located at 555 Bakerville Road.