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Track Triumph: The Race, Pace and Place

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Noah Naidoo preps for his 100m hurdle race

Noah Naidoo preps for his 100m hurdle race

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Noah Naidoo preps for his 100m hurdle race

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Starting on Feb. 12, WSMS started the tryout week for track to see who would be running which race. Many students got to run the events they wanted, and now they’re getting ready for the final two meets while also preparing for their district meet on April 5.

Head Coach, Carly Littlefield is works with the athletes in the morning to improve their skills. Whether it be working on hand-offs or just hard core conditioning, Coach Littlefield is there to help.

“The kids have been working hard and had a very good season. They are a fun group of athletes to work with,” Littlefield said.

Every athletes has to prove to the coaches that they are the right choice for the event. Because the competition level is constantly rising, it makes everyone push more and put in more effort.

   “I look for the Fastest times, farthest throws, furthest jumps, highest jumps,” Littlefield said.

For some athletes, they have experience running under Coach Littlefield, so they had a bit of a head start on the competition.

“I was in cross country, and Coach Littlefield told me that I would be good at track, so I tried it, and I really like it,” seventh-grader, Morgan Streeter, said.

After the first meet, there were still a few changes that needed to be done to the team. Many people were trying out different events to see if they would be better somewhere else. Because of the order the events are in, many athletes are in multiple events, and it makes everything a little bit more crazy.

“I am going to be participating in shot put and try discus this year,” seventh-grader, Corey Soliz, said.

The track team believes that they have some strong runners on their relay teams

“I wanted to be in the relay with my friends so that we can all run together and win,” seventh-grader, Carson Lindelof, said.

Track and field athletes anticipated the beginning of the season. They have trained regularly ever since they signed up for track. Students prepare in many ways. One way students get ready for the track season by running outside of school.

“I have been working with my friends and doing five-kilometer runs to train my speed, and I have been doing strength training for the field events that I am participating in,” seventh-grader, Zach Bahner, said.

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Logan Pederson runs the 2400 for the district qualifier

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