Track season is in full swing with one week of practices down. The team introduced three new coaches to the program.
Band and choir teacher Bob Lee took over as the throwing coach. P.E. teacher Andrew Nation is now head coach. Nation did track in middle school and high school and experienced almost all the events offered.
“I saw this as an opportunity to strengthen my relationships with students,” Nation said.
A total of 40 kids are out for the sport and English teacher Morgan Ballard was added as a third coach.
“I will primarily help with the jumpers, but will do whatever coach Nation needs me to do,” Ballard said.
Ballard was a long and triple jumper all four years of high school and jumped some in college. He wants to work with the jumpers on getting stronger and improving their form.
Junior Colby Shriver has been in track and cross country since middle school and he has high expectations for the season.
“You have to get used to running distance,” Shriver said. “I run the mile and two mile so in practice we work a lot on stamina.”
With lots of potential on the team, the track team has set high goals and expects to reach them with a new coaching staff on hand.
The team has had a more structured warm-up introduced and they have been working on sprints a lot this week as well as running form. After sprints they split up and work individually on their events.
Madison Tyler has been to State track three years. The senior thinks the team is going to be very successful.
“I know the coaches have high hopes for us, and they’re just as excited as we are,” Tyler said.
Tyler mostly competes in mid-distance events and jumps. Their first meet kicks off March 29 at Kinsley.