1997 Season Outlook
A pair of highly recruited freshman, Derek Smith and Justin Burdon, should make an immediate impact against the middle distance competition. Smith who hails from Duxbury Massachusetts and a graduate of Northfield Mount Herman Prep School, was the New England Prep School Champion of 1997. Burdon who is also from Canada, finished fourth in the prestigious Penn Relays 3,000 meter competition with a time of 8:29.
With the 1997 graduation of Sam Raia, a BC record holder and BIG EAST Champion of the javelin event, sophomore Neal Koening of Greenwich, RI is "our top returnee Javelin thrower" Thomas said. In 1996 he was the Rhode Island State Champion in the javelin event.
According to Coach Jackie Adams three sophomores have "revitalized our pole vaulting program here at Boston College." Jason Pink, Mike Moynahan, and Rich Pelligrino are all ready to break 13 foot mark and beyond. Last year, the three freshman completed a successful indoor season all finishing in the top four at the Harvard Invitational.
Long jump records will be in jeopardy this season as sophomores George White, Ramon Johnson, and Bobby Stancil will be out to break them all. White a free safety starter for the BC football team, won the New England indoor meet and the BIG EAST outdoor meet this past year, with a personal best jump of 24'10" for fourth best all-time at the heights. The coaching staff expects him to be a "national qualifier". Johnson who has been out since having ACL surgery from an injury sustained in the spring football game, led the high school scholastic list with an "explosion of a jump" according to Adams of 25'9". Stanzel who sat out last season will be a "huge" asset to the threesome. Coach Jackie Adams feels that with all three training together each will be pushed to new "Heights".
This season the triple jump should be dominated by junior Shariff Rudolph. Coach Adams states that "everything is coming together this season for Shariff" and "he is on the right track to excel". The coaching staff feels that this will be his breakthrough year.
The high jump will be tested as sophomore Ruben Marin is expected to break the elusive seven foot barrier. The Multi event will be challenged by sophomore Matt Ramsey and freshman Steffan Kelsey who "will work good together".