Expectations for this track season are higher than normal due to many broken records and many runners on the verge of breaking them.
“So many runners are dangerously close to breaking records,” said Coach Michael Bright. “Our girls’ shuttle team broke the record last year, and now has broken their record twice this season. The boys’ shuttle team is three seconds off the record.”
Besides the girls’ shuttle team, the boys’ 4x800 and shuttle team are doing extremely well this year.
“The girl’s 4x200 is first in the state, and also on the edge of breaking that record as well,” Bright and Coach Justin Johnson added.
Some star athletes this season so far are seniors Molli Cunningham, Jake Casto, and Cody Harris; juniors Holly Farkosh, Antonio Jones, D.J. Cummings, and Levi Phillips; sophomores Caylee Painter and Zane Griffith; and freshmen Haley Carson, Laurel Miller, and Hope King.
Sophomore Zane Griffith broke the middle school pole vaulting record by jumping 10 foot 7 inches.
“Having gone to many pole vaulting camps have helped me succeed in track. I also did gymnastics for many years, so pole vaulting was just a great fit for me.”
Freshman Hope King is running her first season of track. Her events are the open 100 and 200, and the 4x100.
“I have been waiting to run track for quite awhile now, and it is making me more in love with running.”
“We are in a tough region, but our biggest competition this is Greenbrier East. They are on our top priority to beat,” said Bright. “Our main goal this year is to keep PR-ing (Personal Record) and send as many runners to States as possible.”
The track team’s home meets are on April 18, May 1, and May 2.