The JJC Wolves track and field has been off to a good start as the women’s team was most recently ranked at number three in the country on the NJCAA National Index.
The men also started their season off strong and are currently ranked number nine in the country.
At a recent meet between the JJC Wolves and Wheaton College, the Wolves set many personal records. The team also has developed five new national qualifiers.
JJC freshman and Plainfield East High School alumnus Ryan Dungo said the team has talent but could use better equipment.
“We are already talented enough with the lack of it,” Dungo said. “For us to be able to get that boost and an indoor track and all the tools necessary, it would boost our performance and overall confidence and talent.”
According to Dungo, the team is a very close group. Being together from cross country, they have bonded and formed many friendships. Dungo had nothing but nice things to say about his teammates.
“I think as a team we are all different, and we have bonded amazingly in supporting one another through tough times, and when meets come, we are ready to give our hearts,” Dungo said.
Dungo also spoke openly about his efforts to improve.
“I feel like something I can improve on is my overall ability to have fun with sport,” Dungo said. “I often get carried away and can only have fun if I’m performing at my highest– not because it’s a selfish act– it’s more of me wanting to use my time and energy effectively.”
Dungo also talked about what it is like to run for both cross country and track and said it has helped him to mature.
“I feel running for JJC has made me become an adult,” Dungo said. “You need to have a schedule and discipline to be able to succeed, and the times I’m at my best is when I have the most discipline.”
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