Track team prepares for spring season

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Track team prepares for spring season

Senior captain Mayli Bennett begins to spin around in the shot put event in a meet last spring.

Senior captain Mayli Bennett begins to spin around in the shot put event in a meet last spring.

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Senior captain Mayli Bennett begins to spin around in the shot put event in a meet last spring.

Courtesy of Olympus

Courtesy of Olympus

Senior captain Mayli Bennett begins to spin around in the shot put event in a meet last spring.

Wow, it’s March already! As the weather (possibly) begins to become warmer, track athletes begin preparation for the spring season. The boys track team is working to make it to the playoffs this year, and the girls are looking to repeat as section champions.

Boys team captain Senior Jarrett Gandy has his work cut out for him to help his team make it to the playoffs. The team will have to be even better than last year for the team to make this happen. Now, this does not mean girls captains, Seniors Julia Chakos, Mayli Bennett and Faith Gandy, have a cakewalk to another section championship. The girls will have to continue to work hard and push each other to make the dream of repeating as section champions become reality.

“We just have to work hard during practice, and do our best during the meets. We have a great coaching staff who help a lot and have us work hard. We each have to do our best in each event, and all the results will add together as a whole team. Like I mentioned, it’s called track AND field. You can’t have the track part without the field, and you can’t have the field part without the track,” stated Senior Kiefah Rahmany.

The team has a brand new track for the season this year. To most people, the new track may be seen as trivial. To the track team, however, the new track can help drastically with their performance. The new surface will allow cleats to dig into the track better, improving times for the runners by fractions of a second. Just one fraction of a second can be the difference between qualifying and not qualifying for WPIALs.

Every member of the track team has the mindset that this will be the year that their name appears on the list of those going to WPIALs. Unfortunately, qualifying for WPIALs is not as easy as it looks.

“It is very difficult to qualify. The top 23 in the section are picked to compete at WPIALs. We are in a very competitive section, but we hope to bring our athletes,” commented Jarrett Gandy.

There are a total of 18 seniors between the two teams this year. The team also has three returning team managers in Seniors Breea Gray, Corie Miller and Mykalyn Koot. These three are responsible for many tasks, and their work does not go unnoticed.

I’d also like to thank our team managers, Breea Gray, Corie Miller, and Mykalyn Koot for helping out the team, and trying to find our certain times and distances. That’s a huge help. They are a big foundation of the team,” added Rahmany.

The track team has a few away meets coming up against Wash High, McGuffey and Elizabeth Forward. The first home meet is on April 9 against Ringgold. Be sure to go out and support the track team this spring!