Track members advance to area

Runners to compete Wednesday, Thursday


Junior captain Sierra Beal runs during the district meet last weekend. Courtesy of Sierra Beal.

The track and field team placed at the district meet last weekend which allows the team to advance to area. The runners have grown both individually and as a team throughout the season, and the growth has earned seven runners spots to compete in area on Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18.

“Practice became harder, it’s a lot of mileage and just working the inner part of my race; the season’s been good,” junior Nashe Machekanyanga said. “It feels good to [have] qualified for the 400m, [the boys’] 4×400 and the [boys’] 4×100; it was probably the hardest track meet I had all year because we were against a lot of talented people.”

Competitions increasing in difficulty made team members practice harder to be able to achieve their desired goals. Runners believe this season has been superior than the past seasons because of their hard work.

“We are running 6A, running against more competitive schools like Irving and a lot of other fast schools,” junior captain Sierra Beal said. “[The coach] pushes the team to work harder and she motivates [the players] to do better.”

Each runner has been improving in his or her own way to improve for the upcoming meet.

“I became triple jump district champion [but] there was a guy giving me competition; we were going back and forth in the jumps,” junior Jaden Harris said. “So I need to improve in my form for jumping so that I get first in [the upcoming meet] and get past 46 feet [in the long jump].”

The team’s improvement has made an impact on each player creating goals for the future meets. Even if the players don’t achieve their goals, they still are satisfied with their season.

“I think this year and next year we are going to have very good running,” Harris said. “We have a new coach, we’re all practicing new things and the teams are getting better and faster. The season’s been good so far and I get better and better in every meet.”