PROVIDENCE â€” A little dose of humility will hurt on first application, but the benefits of it will pay off in the long run.
Back on Jan. 17 in the third dual meet â€“ and oddly enough, the final dual meet of the season â€“ the West Warwick boys indoor track team, even though it swept both Smithfield and Cranston East, were a bit humbled because its individual performances.
Since that proverbial wake-up call, the coaching staff in the ensuing practices told the Wizards that they were better than that and the team hasnâ€™t peaked yet.
The Wizards might not have reached the summit on the track yet, but theyâ€™re awful close with what happened on Saturday at the Suburban Divisional meet at the Providence Athletic Facility.
Every ear from every member of the team perked up for West Warwick, and so did their performances across the board in a second-place finish in the meet as a team with 71.5 points. Bishop Hendricken, the clear-cut favorite to win another state title, was first with a gaudy 198 points.
â€śWe were hoping we would finish third or fourth, quite honestly,â€ť West Warwick coach Jay Koehler said, â€śbetween how Pilgrim has looked recently and how East Greenwich has looked all year. But, to come in second, I donâ€™t think I could be prouder of these kids.â€ť
Since Jan. 17, West Warwick worked on a number of aspects during practice, such as focus and technique in getting out of the blocks in the sprint events and just outright run hard.
The Wizards were nervous about losing a pair of snow days earlier in the week, so the team worked diligently on Monday and Thursday and then did technique on Friday just for fine-tuning purposes.
As a result, West Warwick had a pair of first-place finishes â€“ both of them by Eddy Uthmann â€“ and had numerous placings to overtake East Greenwich in the meet for the silver medal.