This years track season has started off in a surge for the finish. On March fourteenth was when the track season started off for all those interested in being involved. One problem a lot of students had this year was that they did not turn in their physical and could not participate until they had. The first meet for track is on the Friday before Spring Break. That would make it March thirtieth at Payson High School against the Junior High of Payson. The students at our school who are involved in track have been staying after school ever since March fourteenth to show their dedication to their sports association.
Many, if not all, students have to do things on their own to help them do better at track. For some that includes different things depending on what events they do. The events that the students can participate in are as follows, Sprinting: 100, 200, 400, 4x100, 4x400, Distance: 800, 1600, Medley, Throwing: Shot Put, Discus. Jumping: Long Jump, High Jump, Hurdles: 100, 110. For different events the students work on different things such as Will Hollaway, a ninth grader, works on stretching, like they are advised to do, and then he works on lifting weights and bombarding weights. Unlike Will, Cheyenne Skinner, and eighth grader, said, “Besides stretching, which we are advised to do, I like to run on the weekends so I don’t fall short on my work for the next week.”
Last week the students had to do time trials for the 100, the 200, and the 400. Even the people who do not do running events had to do the time trials for last week. The overall census was that the runners did really well for those events. Mr. McKell said, “Time trials went well we had a lot of good times. We were especially impressed with some of our 7th graders and how fast they were.” “Time trials went great. We have some 7th graders that are faster than the 8th and 9th graders. We also have some distance athletes who are really good sprinters to our surprise,” says Mr. Hammon, a health teacher at Springville Junior High. Logan Tanner, an eighth grade student at Springville, said that time trials went fast, and the people were really fast.
This year the students are really pumped for this track season and all that is bound to come with it. All of the track students recognize the talent and the potential that their peers have, and it creates a wonderful bonding experience for circles of friends that would not, at norm, mix inside of the school. Not only does it create that environment, but it is also a place that puts the students to their limits and allows them to grow. The track coaches have a lot of enthusiasm for this season, but the track students share in being enthusiastic towards this seasons greetings. Mr. Hammon sums up the zeal for this year by stating, “It's going to be a really good season.”