Senior Caps complete conference sweep

The Broughton track team’s season is off to a quick start, and the Caps’ runners are as fast as ever. The capitals are led by coaches David Christian and Ryan Solomon.

The men’s team got off to a fantastic season with a huge performance at the Apex Relays meet held in Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 4th. The men’s 4 by 1600 team was made up of juniors Robbie Simmons and Jeremy Brown and seniors Will Sandin and Peter Millsaps. These four runners combined for an incredible time of 17 minutes and 55 seconds, a time that ranked 5th nationally in that event at the time.

The conference championship was held on Saturday, April 18th. The team took 1st place, pulling off a historic feat of winning four conference championships in a row. Most of the current upperclassmen got an early start with varsity and have grown used to victories. They learned from the upperclassmen before them just as they are mentoring the underclassmen of today. This has fostered a family feel and a collective attitude based around hard work that has played a huge role on building the dynasty that is Broughton running.

Track may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the sense of comradery between the team makes it all more fun.

Men’s track has historically been a very successful and close-knit team. The team lost some talented seniors last year with William Roberson, Asher Smith-Rose, and John Dalton Rohr graduating,  some of the people that helped build the program and the community, but they are looking to rebuild and dominate once again. This years captains for the men’s team are seniors Peter Millsaps and Will Sandin.

Sandin and Millsaps have been running cross-country, winter track, and spring track all four years at Broughton. They have dedicated a lot of time to the program at Broughton and deserve to go out on a high note. However, two people can only do so much. It will be up to them and the talented juniors and sophomores to end the season well this year.

The seniors are looking to go out with a bang and perform well. With their victory last weekend of the conference championship, the current seniors completed their four year sweep of winning the Cap 8. Now that conference has come and gone the next step is going to be regionals held on May 2.

“We’ve had a strong season, and guys from all parts of the team stepped up and performed well. We will keep on training and hopefully have an even better season next year,” Simmons said.

The team’s strength is definitely in it’s distance runners, but the team must rely on their sprinters as well. If they can put in a good showing at regionals, then the final stride forward for the Capitals will be the 4A State Championship on May 8th and 9th. A lot of the members of the track team have had success as Cross Country athletes, but are hopeful that they can win one final track championship. It’s always nice to go out on a high note.