Track and Field: Amity boys win 100th straight dual meet

Wednesday afternoon at Branford, the Amity boys' track team won its 100th straight dual meet defeating Branford, Hand and Xavier. The Amity captains from left: Michael Yuan, Josh, Ben Feola, Josh Timpko and Danny Chen.

Wednesday afternoon at Branford, the Amity boys’ track team won its 100th straight dual meet defeating Branford, Hand and Xavier. The Amity captains from left: Michael Yuan, Josh, Ben Feola, Josh Timpko and Danny Chen.

BRANFORD >> It was April of 2004 the last time the Amity boys’ track team lost a dual meet. Head coach Thom Jacobs said his squad “really got jumped that day” by a great Lyman Hall team.

“I remember sitting on the vault pits after the meet with the team and we kind of had a philosophical moment; nothing you could really do but shrug your shoulders and move on,” Jacobs said.

Flash forward 10 years later and the Spartans have not lost a dual meet since.

Wednesday evening at the James L. MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex at Branford, Amity won its 100th straight dual meet as they defeated Branford, Hand and Xavier.

“It means a lot knowing this is 10 years worth of effort,” senior and co-captain Michael Yuan said.

Added senior co-captain Josh Timpko: “We’ve been talking about it all week and our coaches have really been putting it into our heads to make sure we perfom to the best of our ability, and I think we all did.”

Amity defeated Xavier 90.5-59.5, Hand 84-66 and Branford 101-49.

“It’s a great feeling because everyone on the team works really hard and practices really hard,” senior co-captain Danny Chen said. “Everyone is dedicated.”

Jacobs, who has been coaching since 1987, said what has made this streak stay alive have been the past and present athletes and the progress that has been made along the way.

“The expectations are so high,” Jacobs said. “When you have that expectation it increases your confidence and your confidence in what prevails in athletics.”

Added senior co-captain Ben Feola: “I think the record is really a testament to him (Jacobs) and his coaching style. He does more than teach the fundamentals. He teaches more of a mindset.”

What’s next for the Spartans this season, is hopefully more winning.

“To be able to finish this season undefeated would be great,” Yuan said.

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