Track strides for success in their winter season


Miles Langham a varsity track runner, running an event for winter track

As we run into the track season the team has had 2 meets so far on December 3rd and December 9th. Be expecting some future meets after the long winter break.

Coaches hold optional practices over these breaks along with at home workouts so the runners can stay in good health for the future meets. Many track runners use these to overall get better.

Sophomore Alex Gebremeskel said “I’m pretty excited to compete in these meets so I can see what I need to work on to be a better runner.

The runners have improved greatly so far even though a late start to the season. Sophomore Alex Ing said “I definitely feel like I have improved this season but feel it’s a bit too early to tell.”

The season has just begun, there is still lots more work to be done by coaches and runners.

Sophomore Abel Webshet said “Yes this season I have improved pretty well. I have found many races to be easier than last year.”

One major attraction to the sport is it having a massive team. It consists of around 100 runners which means you will make some new friends. Sophomore David Kim said “I like the team because seeing friends and meeting new people is fun.”

The coaches have been pushing runners to make districts along with state qualifiers. Coach Harris said “We were close to having some district qualifiers.” This came after their first meet on December 3rd.

The coaches have also been pushing kids out of their comfort zone which is crucial to putting the runners in the right mindset and physical shape. Sophomore Jaden Banos said “Yes they have pushed me out of my comfort zone so that I can be the best I can be.”

Pain and Injuries are a big part of any sport. Track runners must do their best to remain injury free by stretching throughout the day and before/ after practice. Daniel Webshet said “I prevent injuries by stretching before practice to prevent me from any pain or injuries.”

Many track runners come from cross country which is in the fall. There are sprints, medium and long distance for track. The cross country runners typically do the long distance which is 800m relays, 1600m and 3200m which require great pacing and endurance. Jakob McElveen (15) said “I started doing track because I did cross country in the fall and enjoyed it, and because I had a lot of friends doing it.”

Overall the track runners are looking promising. A lot more development will happen throughout the season. By the end of the season the runners will be in great shape. Everyone should be looking ahead at the calendar for some future track meets to be coming up in early-mid January.
“lets keep this season strong.”