Spotlight on Massachusetts Track & Field

2 Mar

By Francisco Tavares, Intern at Mass Office of Travel & Tourism and student at Emmanuel College.

When it comes to setting the highest bar in sports, Bostonians quickly point to the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, New England Revolution, and the New England Patriots. With so many titles and achievement between them, our professional sport teams have made Massachusetts the “State of Champions.”

Massachusetts also boasts an impressive amateur tradition of excellence in collegiate and high school sports. In fact, we are currently at the end of the Indoor Track and Field season, where some of the region’s best athletes compete in running, jumping, throwing, and pole-vaulting- testing their endurance, speed, strength and mental toughness.

The beauty of track and field is that you not only compete against your opponents, you also compete against yourself and time. The key to success is being mentally and physically prepared. You must keep calm and run your race, no matter what else is going on around you. You go out too hard and you tire yourself; you go out too slow you place yourself behind. When you get on the starting line, one of your biggest competitors is yourself. Are you good enough to beat yourself? Can you break through your limits to beat your opponent while also beating your own personal best?

Every winter there is a massive showdown in Massachusetts, week in and week out, with hundreds of track and field athletes competing at the highest level. Many of the best competitions take place at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, located in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. Rated as one of the finest and fastest indoor track in the country, the “Reggie” features a newly renovated Mondo banked track with its Super X 720 surface, a perfect place to set new records.

Some of the year’s most notable track events takes place at the Reggie, including the world renowned new Balance Indoor Grand Prix in February. Over the course of the meet’s history, five world records have been set at the Grand Prix, all taking place at the Reggie. In all, the Reggie has been the setting of thirty nine world and American records over the years, making the facility unique and iconic Massachusetts sports venue.

The Reggie is also home to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) meets taking place through February. These rigorous events determine the state’s high school divisional championships and the best athletes in each track and field category.

The Indoor Track and Field season culminate with the 31st Interscholastic New England Indoor Track & Field Championships taking place on March 3, 2018 at the Reggie Lewis Center. This prestigious event brings together the best high school competitors from each division and the six New England states to vie for the honor of being crowned champions.

Massachusetts is proud of its many high school track and field athletes who go on to have successful collegiate careers as well.

For sports fans who appreciate speed, endurance, strength, and mental toughness Track and Field is the perfect spectator sport. In addition to the Reggie, check out Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center and other top facilities throughout the State.

Francisco ‘Cisco’ Tavares is an intern at Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. He attends Emmanuel College, Boston where he is working on his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business, with a Concentration in Marketing. Cisco is a member of the Varsity Track & Field Team and the Treasurer of the Cape Verdean Student Association at Emmanuel. Also, Cisco is trilingual in Spanish, English and Cape Verdean Creole.