By Natalie Chambers
Following last year’s success of many wins and even sending some athletes to the regional and state level, a new year will hopefully bring a lot of triumphs for the track team. The program went through some changes this year including adding two new coaches, William Jones, head coach of the girl’s team, and Kim Clark, the throwing coach.
When asked about the team’s strong points, longtime coach, Dan Libert said, “I would have to say that our team’s strong points are distance and the field events. We have a lot of young talent in the distance, and a lot of experienced jumpers and throwers that give us an edge.”
“As for weaknesses,” Libert continues, “there’s always room for improvement in any event. This year, we’re still trying to figure out what events our sprinters are best at and also improve little things in other events.”
Hurdler and senior member Jacob Williams added, “Our strong point is that we don’t give up, we learn from our mistakes and just keep getting better.” Williams’s plan is to get a record in the hurdles and qualify for states this year.
Senior, Isabella White, shows her track talents through long jump and the 100 meter hurdles. When asked about what her hopes for the team are this season, she said, “I feel like we have a pretty young team with a lot of talent. I hope both the boys and girls team have a solid amount of athletes move on to compete in districts and also regionals. I also really hope some of our star athletes on the team are able to compete at state.”
Although the season is still not in full swing yet, the fate of the team this year is looking positive. Senior pole-vaulter and distance runner, Andrew Sutton, is very hopeful for this year’s season. “I think we’re going to have a good season this year. Maybe even better than last year’s”, he says.
The team started out their season placing second in their meet against Boardman and Lakeview and recently won the Lakeview Relays.