By Christine Sharp
Of the seniors on the team, Matt Boudreau has played a large role in leading and preparing the team for success.
Boudreau has led the team with his top marks in the 110-hurdles, 400-hurdles, the 4×100 relay and the 4×400 relay.
The Business Management student progressed over the past four years through the different styles of coaching and the leaders on the team.
“[Over the years] not only has my running improved, but I guess my overall character and drive, just being a better athlete and a better person in general [has changed],” said Boudreau. “I think I’ve matured, not only on the track, but off of it as well, and definitely, my times alone, running, would speak for themselves.”
Boudreau has embraced his leadership role on the team.
“As a senior on the team, I need to get my 4×100 team mentally and emotionally prepared for each meet and for each race,” said Boudreau. “Before each race, I give that pep talk about ‘We’re Broncos, let’s go out there and show it’ kind of thing. So as a senior leader, it was my duty to get everyone emotionally invested in what we are doing so that we can go out there and perform and have Bronco pride and show the rest of the Cal States and CCAA what we are all about.”
Boudreau has run three different legs of the race, but said unfamiliarity racing the third leg was the biggest challenge for him.
“I love the pressure of [the change] and our handoffs were very smooth,” said Boudreau.
The 4×100 team raced its best at the UC Irvine meet April 28, when the team beat several Division I schools.
“That was probably the highlight of this 4×100 team,” said Boudreau. “We weren’t even in the conversation in the beginning of the meet and then after that race people were talking about us, and they knew who the Cal Poly Broncos were.”
He said the chemistry between the team has had a big impact on its success.
“When you start getting into competition mode, and you start getting to where, ‘look, this team can actually do something,’ you become inseparable,” said Boudreau. “If one person’s down, the other three are there without any hesitation, picking that person up. You live and die as a team. As a relay, there’s no one person more important than the other.”
Assistant coach Torri Edwards said Boudreau was one of the leaders this season with his great attitude.
“He did really well this year and had a really consistent season,” said Edwards. “He actually was one of the ones, when I was trying to make changes to the 4×100 for conference, he was one of the ones who stepped up and said ‘I’ll run anchor,’ which is kind of huge because there is a lot of pressure on anchor.”
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