Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Boys', girls' track off to running start

By: Danielle Vealey

With spring sports starting on February 27 it brings boys’ and girls’ track along with it. Track is considered to be one big family according to the coaches, and they hope that all of the athletes will treat each other like they are an actual family.

There has been conditioning held for the past couple of months for the athletes to get in shape ahead of time. It occurred a few days a week and had different exercises to suit the athletes’ different needs. All of the athletes that took the time to do it had a better look at what was to come for the season. Although it wasn’t necessary, it was definitely beneficial.

Social Studies teacher Jason Ward has returned for his second year of coaching track. Ward has high expectations for this season. He wants everyone to be able to compete to the best of their ability, to keep the team at current strength of number, and to be able to take a team bus to states.

The team will be bigger this year than it has been for a while. There are 75 athletes on the team and the coaches hope to keep them all. Instead of having a “boys’ team” and a “girls’ team” all of the coaches have come together and are working with everyone. There are different coaches for specific events but overall it is just one big team. Ward feels that this will be a good year, and if everyone maintains the positive energy that they already have that everyone will do great.

“This is my second year coaching, and this time two years ago we just had 30 kids on the team, and I’m proud to have 75 now. We have come a long way and I think we will have a great season.” said Ward.

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