This past weekend, the men’s indoor track team competed against  eight other schools at the Wesleyan Invitational. Because the meet featured non-scoring events, the Polar Bears were relieved from the stress of competition to focus more on personal goals before the upcoming Maine State Meet. 

“Just before the state meet, it helps to have a meet where we can concentrate on individual event performances and training, and not doubling and tripling people up for points,” said Head Coach Peter Slovenski.  

Coming off of a number of significant victories over winter break, Bowdoin is hoping to perform well at the tomorrow at the University of Southern Maine. Despite the successes the team has seen throughout the season so far, Slovenski said  the potency of the other teams in Maine would significantly affect the outcome of the state meet. According to Slovenski, Bates—currently ranked No. 8 in the nation—is one of the most capable teams in the state. Bowdoin is ranked No. 22, the highest the team has been all year long, and just one spot ahead of Colby. 

“The state meet is very competitive; USM and Colby have some great athletes,” said Slovenski. “Bates and Bowdoin have the most depth, but Bates right now is the top seeded team. It’ll take a great day for us to come close and upset them.”

Because of the intense competition expected at the state meet, everyone on the team will be counted on to put their best foot forward. However, Slovenski said that he is especially looking at seniors to really make a difference for the Polar Bears. 

“The seniors have been leading the way this season, and they’ll be ready for great state performances,” he said. “We have Matt Gamache, who will be one of the top 400m runners; Sam Chick, who will be in five different events. David Bean is ready to have a good night, as well as Drew Zembruski. I think the seniors will really be the important competitors for us at the state meet.”