Girls Track and Field

Girls Track & Field Team

Philosophy

The Hotchkiss Track and Field program has been an integral part of our athletic department for many years.  We compete at the Class A level, and are part of the Founders League and New England Private School Track Association. Each spring we participate in 10 meets, culminating with the New England Championship in May. In addition, our coaching staff gives our athletes the opportunity to compete in other major track and field events, including the Penn Relays.
At Hotchkiss, we are continuously looking to build on our strengths by seeking dedicated student-athletes who want to compete at the highest level. Our program prides itself with combining high academic standards and highly competitive athletics. The coaching staff also takes great pride in helping each member of the team develop into the best student-athlete and teammate during their time with the program.

–– Richard Kirby, Head Coach, Girls Track & Field

Highlights

Hotchkiss girls have won the Founders League Championship several times, most recently in 2013 and 2014.  The team has also gone undefeated frequently in the regular season. In the last 10 years Hotchkiss regularly places in the top three at the New England Championships, finishing second in 2013 and 2014, with our athletes winning and setting records in their individual events. Some have been recognized as most outstanding athlete of the championships. In addition, Hotchkiss girls have won the 4x100 and 4x400 at the Penn Relays and currently hold the Penn Relays record in the 4x400 in the prep school division, set in 2013.

 

Facilities

The Hemingway Track, a six-lane 400-meter and eight-lane 100-meter all-weather surface oval, is one of the finest facilities in New England.  The unique shape of the running surface, which is called a broken back curve, is the same type of track that the world championships are held on each year. The facilities were completely renovated recently, with the addition of two new long jump polyurethane runways and pits, and the expansion of the high jump and pole vault areas. A state-of-the-art turf field was placed in the inner field. 
The team uses Little Baker Field, an entire area dedicated for the throwing events (discus, javelin and shot put). This field is adjacent to the track and backs onto a beautiful pond and the golf course. In addition, we have an indoor track and a gym housed in the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Athletic Complex.     

 

Coaching Staff

Richard Kirby, Head Coach, Girls Track & Field

 

Head Coach Richard Kirby
Phone: 860-435-3618 
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Biography:
Coach Kirby has worked with Hotchkiss track and field athletes since 1996 and he has been the head coach since 1998. He started track and field at Knox College High School in Jamaica and continued to compete in college. Coach Kirby ran the sprinting events (100m, 200m, and 400m) in college and transitioned to training and running 10K races while he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Guelph in Canada. He has been recognized for his sportsmanship, and he is particularly proud of the opportunities he had to captain two of his college teams in international competitions. At Hotchkiss, Coach Kirby has coached teams to both New England and Founders League Championships, while he continues to share his passion for track and field with the team.

 

Head Coach Nate Seidenberg
Phone: 860-435-3839
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Biography:
Coach Seidenberg joined the Hotchkiss faculty as a history teacher in 1999, having previously taught at the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, PA. He grew up in Yakima, WA where he started competing in city meets at the age of seven. He continued to compete on track teams at Eisenhower High School, Philips Exeter Academy and Johns Hopkins University as a middle-distance runner.  Coach Seidenberg held the freshman 400m record at Eisenhower High School for some years. He captained the indoor and outdoor track teams at Philips Exeter Academy as a senior.  Taking over as the throws coach when he arrived at Hotchkiss, he coached many top throwers in the New England Prep School league.  

Assistant Coach Charlie Bell
Phone: 860-435-3265
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Assistant Coach Patrick Boor
Phone: 860-435-2591
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Assistant Coach Marcus Christian
Phone: 860-435-2591
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Assistant Coach Samuel Crimmins
Phone: 860-435-3741
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Assistant Coach Anna Friedman
Phone: 860-435-3771
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Assistant Coach Susan Park
Phone: 860-435-3621
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Assistant Coach Cooper Puls
Phone: (347) 661-8216
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Assistant Coach Pierre Yoo
Phone: 860-435-3629
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Notable Alumnae

Faith Briggs '06 -Yale
Faith Spencer '08 - Sewanee
Renee Palmer '13 - Wesleyan
Sami Glass '14 - Yale
Carlota Corbella Alcantara '15 - Princeton
Jacqueline Perron-Smith '15 - Dartmouth
Maisie Thomas '15 - Whitman College
Annabelle Burns '18 -- Chicago
Grace Bristow '18 -- Wash. U. in St. Louis