Track and Field
Barrett takes two top twenty finishes
ConVal senior Corey Barrett finished his successful indoor track campaign by competing against the best athletes from around New England at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, M.A. on March 1.
Barrett competed in the 55-and 300-meter dash, placing seventeenth and eighteenth overall.
“This was Corey’s only slightly disappointing track meet the entire season,” said coach Thomas Mbungo. “Although we fell short of our goal to help [Corey] go sub-36 in the 300-meter dash at New England’s, it has been a privilege helping Cory develop as an elite high school sprinter the last four years.”
Throughout the indoor season, Barrett made a habit of setting personal bests week in and week out, eventually shattering the school record in the 300-meter dash, shaving 1.7 seconds off the previous mark by running 36.30.
Heading into his senior year, Barrett had set his goals high following a disappointing junior season. Last month at the DII state championship meet, he placed second in the 55-meter dash and took the state crown in the 300-meter dash. “I just wanted to get a medal before I graduated, to get first place was a big ‘Wow’ for me. I didn’t see that coming at all,” he recalled.
Due to snowy conditions leading up the New England championships, Barrett had a difficult time training, calling it “a letdown.” Coach Mbungo echoed Barrett’s comments, saying, “In hindsight, we did not put as much work in as we would have liked.”
Barrett has never been one to let failure keep him down and is already looking forward to the spring track season. He plans to train hard in the coming weeks with hopes to break the school records in the 100 and 200 meter dash.
During last years outdoor track season, Barrett tied the school record in the 100 meter dash, running 11.1. “I’d like to run a 10.8,” said Barrett.
“Our spring goals are to make it back to New England’s and make up for what happened this past weekend. We learned a lot,” said Mbungo.
Barrett takes the sport very seriously and enjoys the atmosphere of competitive track meets, “when everyone wants to be there, and everyone wants to win, there’s no better environment.”
“Corey’s approach is very emotional, he has a unique edge to him that many athletes don’t have,” said Mbungo.
Barrett’s performance at New England’s left a bad taste in both his and coach Mbungo’s mouths – bad news for his competition come spring.