With a new season, two new coaches and new equipment, track and field is under way for T-Bird athletes.
Starting out her 12th season as head coach of the high school, Summer Younie has also taken on the role of coaching the middle school.
“This is something that Coach Little and I have talked about for a couple of years now,” Younie said. “We wanted to provide more instruction, not just for the middle school tracksters, but also for the high school track athletes.”
In addition to assistant coach Steve Little, three more coaches were added to the staff to help the high school team. They include Lori Anschutz, Heike Beeson and Holly VanSkike. Anschutz and Beeson have coached the middle school for the past five years. VanSkike was the assistant cross country coach last season.
“I think sharing coaching expertise from all five track coaches will really benefit our track program,” Younie said. “I am hoping that we can get into a groove and really give each and every athlete some quality instruction and make our practices more efficient.”
The team has about 40 athletes out, two of which are State qualifiers from the 2013 season.
“This is the most high school track athletes we’ve had out since I started coaching here,” Younie said.
Sophomore Jessica DeWeese and Roman Ibarra both made it to the state meet last year, where DeWeese placed second in the 200 meter run and Ibarra placed 10th in the 1600 and 11th in the 3200.
“I learned if you work hard and put effort into it, then you’ll have a better outcome,” DeWeese said. “It’s easier when you have a better attitude because you have more fun.”
With such a big group of underclassmen, Younie said they are trying to find some JV meets for them so they get a chance to compete against others at their level.
The first meet of the season is on Thursday, April 3 at Kinsley