By Ronak Chadha ‘25

Bellarmine’s storied track and field team is kicking off the 2022 season in high gear with their sights set firmly on making the CCS championships in multiple events. Coach Maloney’s priorities for this season include promoting inclusivity, driving engagement and bonding, focusing on both the personal and professional growth of all athletes, and making the experience joyful for everyone. One of the key metrics for measuring success according to Coach Maloney is the number of athletes that return each season to pursue their passion for the sport.

Coach Maloney has a long history with the sport both as an athlete competing at the high school and college level as well as a coach. He brings over 20 years of coaching experience in track and field as well as cross-country from his stints coaching at Santa Clara University and at Bellarmine. One of his favorite moments from his coaching experience was from last season when student-athletes committed to and continued to train for three weeks after school ended, making it to the CCS championships. The athlete’s passion and commitment to the sport are what make the coaching experience worthwhile for Coach Maloney and his fellow coaches.

The track and field team practices six days a week and competes in seven dual meets with other high schools in the conference, a few invitational meets, and the finals at the end of the season. The first meet of the season is on March 5th. If you are interested in trying out for the track and field team you should complete the required athletic forms and physical exam, and contact Coach Maloney or Coach McCrystle. Go check them out!