Holy Cross Track & Field Diary: Reaching New Heights With Lesley Bautista

Lesley Bautista

Diary Entries
February 16, 2007
November 30, 2006

February 16, 2007

Hello everyone!

I can't believe it's been so long since I wrote the first entry. Things have been pretty busy and hectic between classes, practice and meets, so I guess that's why time seems to be passing so quickly. The last time I wrote we were getting ready for our first meet and now it's time for Patriot League Indoor Championship. This meet is what we work towards all indoor season. We've been checking our rankings in the Patriot League religiously. It's routine. We check our email, our homework, then Direct Athletics. Now we're all really pumped to run, jump and throw and see how we measure up to the other teams in the Patriot League; hoping to jump that extra centimeter or run that 10th of a second faster to beat that girl ranked just above us, to break into scoring range, or get a personal record. This weekend is what its all for.

Looking back, our team has had a great indoor season. This year, we've really been putting everything out on the line every meet and it's starting to show. We've improved a lot on last year's results. The meets at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine were very exciting, but a little bittersweet because we ended up just short of winning by only a few points. This year, as a team we performed our best yet at both of these meets, so coming in second by such a small margin was a little heartbreaking. Nonetheless, since those meets we've continued to improve and build momentum. I also think we've become a lot closer since those earlier meets. Even though track and field is a pretty individual sport, we still pull together as a team. When we're not competing ourselves, we have the responsibility to cheer for our teammates to make sure they perform the very best that they can and expect they will do the same for us. Every meet is a team effort.

Anyways, it's nearly 1:00 a.m. and I just finished a lab report for biology. It's time for bed because we're leaving for West Point tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,
Lesley Bautista

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November 30, 2006

Hi everyone, my name is Lesley Bautista. I'm a sophomore and studying biology here at Holy Cross. On the track and field team, I pole vault, run the 100-meter dash (outdoor) and 55-meter dash (indoor), and long jump. I'm from St. John's, Newfoundland. Newfoundland is an island on the east coast of Canada, so Holy Cross is a little out of the way for me. I only heard about Holy Cross in the 12th grade from a friend's brother who was attending the school at the time. He suggested I visit the school over family weekend, so my dad and I packed our things and flew down to check things out. When I arrived, I was very impressed by the campus and how friendly everyone I met was. I was also attending a Jesuit high school, so I really liked that Holy Cross was a Jesuit college. The atmosphere felt very similar to my high school.

When I got back, deciding where to go to school was a difficult decision for me. I wasn't sure if I wanted to be in another country so far away from home. Unlike many of my friends at home, I had to take the SATs and later fill out the hours of paperwork required for a student visa. I ended up finishing my application for Holy Cross at the last minute and had to fax it to the college.

As for track and field, I kind of fell into the whole thing in 10th grade when my school was hosting high school regionals. I was told that I had to volunteer at the meet or run in it. I thought that running 100 meters was certainly easier than raking the long jump pit all day so I asked the coach to sign me up for the meet. When I got there I really had no idea what I was doing and had to ask the girl in the lane next to me how to use the starting blocks. I ended up winning the heat and the final so I decided to start training for track.

Our first meet of the season is the Alden Invitational at Brown University this Saturday. I can't believe it came so fast! After many months of hard training, we're looking forward to seeing how it's all going to pay off. I'm excited for the season to start because last year things went pretty well. I came in last year having pole vaulted very little and had never run a 55-meter dash. Since I've come here, I've improved my pole vault by nearly three feet and I'm two inches off the school record. In the 55-meter dash, I need 0.07 to break that record. As a team last year, we had our first ever win over Maine at our home meet and the 4x400-meter relay, pole vault and javelin records were broken. This year the team is looking great so I'm definitely looking forward to reporting our successes throughout the season. Check back soon!

Until next time,
Lesley Bautista

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