High expectations made for the upcoming track and field season


Kristen Witt

Freshmen Daniel Yu and Jon Ma participate in a warmup relay on the third day of track practice.

Over 150 girls and boys showed up Feb. 27 for the first day of track and field practice.

“We are really excited about the group this season. We have a lot of kids, which is great, but we also have kids who are excited about the season,” Head Coach Kevin John said.

To prepare for the upcoming season, the coaches have put together an Octathlon to expose runners to the different events offered.

“The Octathlon is mostly for fun, as it gives every kid a chance to do events they wouldn’t normally do. It brings the kids together, as they gain a greater amount of respect for the events that other teammates are doing,” John said. “It also gives us a chance to see if anybody on the team has a hidden talent that we may want to try to develop.

Head Coach Kristen Witt’s expectations for the team are to be at practice everyday and for the athletes to give their best effort.

“My goals for the season would include to be able to instill a love of track and field for all athletes we have out there and perform well at the conference, district, sectional and state meets,” Witt said.

This year, the girls and boys track and field teams are combined at practices, and circuit workouts have been added as another way to condition the athletes.

“We always try to tweak a few things, but this year won’t have huge changes like last year did.  We don’t have any new coaches, for example,” John said. “Hopefully this season will be an improved version of what we tried to do last season.”

Witt and John are both eager to see the season results.

 “I’m really excited to have so many students out for Track and Field this year.  I think we’re going to have a successful year and a lot of fun as well,” Witt said.