Track team hopes keep building
BY JOHNY HALLOW ON JANUARY 14, 2014
Winter track and field season has finally come around at Rose. This year the team has a new goal of rebuilding their program by helping the underclassmen do their job on the track efficiently.
This winter sport consists of sprinting, shot put or throwing activities and jumping categories such as pole vault and long jump. This year, the Rampant track and field team had several new members which made it tough for the more experienced members to help them out due to the large number of incoming freshmen.
“We have a very young team this year,” senior Tommy Manning said. “Our biggest goal as a team is to improve after every track meet and progress as the season goes along.”
Manning said that teaching freshmen new tactics is hard due to the fact that track is more of an individual sport, rather than a team sport like most high school sports are and that the freshmen are also inexperienced.
“The underclassmen just seem to be confused,” junior Hayley Goldman said. “It’s hard for them to understand because to them it seems like 100 different things are going on at once during our meets as well as practice.”
Goldman and the other upperclassmen said that they are doing their best to answer the underclassmen’s questions because there are many techniques that they are required to learn.
Senior Markus Stanford said that the team is working on sprints, shot put and relay races in practices.
“One of the toughest things to teach newcomers is to pass off the baton correctly,” Stanford said. “A lot of people don’t realize that there is more than just handing off a stick to it.”
Manning said that the team is working out everyday so that they can gain more strength and endurance while also increasing their sprint duration as well as their shot put distance. Manning also said he feels that from last year to this year he has improved more than ever.
Both Stanford and Manning are seniors this year meaning that this is their last shot to fulfill their dreams of going to regionals and possibly even to states.
“I would really like to go to regionals this year” Stanford said. “It is my last year of winter track, and I think that I have a good chance of making it.”
Winter track season typically runs from early December to January each year, meaning that time for the Rampant track team is running out as they try to improve.
“We just have to continue to improve as the season goes on,” Goldman said. “Hopefully soon we will have everyone where they need to be to help our team continue its success.