Northampton contingent shines at Nike Indoor Track and Field Nationals

  • Northampton track and field runners (from left to right) who competed in the Nike Indoor Nationals last weekend in New York City: Davis Wheat, Juan Jose Adams-Causton, Jack Kamins, Theodore King-Pollet, Rowan Hodgson, Ryland Breen and Jude Mourad. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer 
Published: 3/14/2023 2:19:45 PM
Modified: 3/14/2023 2:19:25 PM

Eight of Northampton’s top track and field athletes went to race against the best of the best at the Nike Indoor Track and Field Nationals at The Armory in New York City over the weekend. 

The Blue Devils qualified two relay teams in the 4x800 meter and sprint medleys, and one individual competitor, Camilla Brewer. 

The team’s sprint medley quartet, made up of Rowan Hodgson, Juan Jose Adams-Causton, Ryland Breen and Jack Kamins, placed seventh overall in the Emerging Elite section with a time of 3 minutes, 42.82 seconds. Hodgson and Adams-Causton both ran a 200-meter leg of the race, while Breen raced the 400 portion and Kamins finished with the 800. 

Kamins was also a part of the 4x800 relay team along with Davis Wheat, Jude Mourad and Theodore King-Pollet. They crossed the line in 8:20.94, placing 13th overall. 

“Running this season has been a blessing,” Kamins said. “Being able to run at Nationals was one of the most exciting, memorable, and thrilling experiences of my high school career so far. I’m very excited to continue on outdoor.”

Both the 4x800 and sprint medley teams posted the fastest times of all New England schools in the meet. 

“I'm really proud of how my teammates and I were able to put in the hard work and effort it took to get to Nationals,” Hodgson said. “We're a team of runners that took every regular season track meet this past season seriously and used every possible opportunity to improve our times and qualify for meets like this, and our times and accolades are proof of that.

“Going forward, we have a lot of work to do for the outdoor season because there's a lot of competition, but we're ready for it and are ready to go to outdoor Nationals as well."

In addition to the relay teams, Brewer placed 20th in a field of 31 in the long jump. Brewer’s top mark measured in at 34 feet, 8¼ inches in the Emerging Elite section.

“On top of qualifying for this prestigious meet, the fact that both boys’ relays significantly improved their times and placements in their events against the extremely high competition is all the more impressive,” Northampton head coach Eric Pfalzgraf said. “The fact that Camilla competed and outperformed many other jumpers in an event she hadn’t done all season is astounding. It speaks to the dedication, focus, and talent these student-athletes have.”

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