Track runners ready for the season



Just in time for the winter sport season, tryouts were held all last week. As indoor winter track approaches, students begin to prepare for the upcoming season. Students had a three day tryout to show their strengths and abilities. The week started with sprints, leading to distance and field events the other days.

Coaches Klein, Harris and Roe searched for boys and girls that will have the potential to improve and become future track stars. Returning athletes come back to work their hardest to advance past districts and on to regionals and states.

Returning seniors will help, set a good example for the underclassmen and lead the team in the championships towards the end of the year.

To begin their season, the athletes will start to train for their first meet on Dec. 12 at TJ Middle School. Harris is confident for the upcoming winter track season. ”We have much more talent starting off than we have had in a long time, especially on the girls side,” Harris said.

The runners continue to keep their confidence up as the season starts. “I’m very excited for the upcoming season, this is also my first time doing a winter sport,” sophomore Dagim Tigabu said.

“As always you want to try to come out of the conference. That’s the goal: you want to score high in the conference,” Harris stated about his expectation for this season .

Last year winter track season, eight boys and one girl qualified themselves for districts, including the 55m Dash, 500m Dash, 55m Hurdles, Long Jump and the 4x200m Relay.

Harris plans on training his kids with the right coaching staff to achieve his goals. “My goals for this season is to get below a five minute mile for long distance,” Tigabu said. Annandale’s next meets include races against Fairfax, Herndon, West Potomac, Lake Braddock and Wakefield.