With high expectations from all six coaches, the track athletes have a lot to live up to. The team consistently sends qualifiers to State and last year five people who were awarded medals there.
This year, they have had approximately 100 people returning in addition to 35 freshmen. Although there are several underclassmen, the coaches don’t expect anything less from the team.
“My goals are actually to help them meet their goals,” distance coach Tonishia Moore said. “Some come to socialize and to be part of something, some come just to stay in shape, and some come to improve themselves as runners. I don’t want to be a drill sergeant, I just want to help them [out].
“But it’s not only the coaches who have high expectations and a love for the sport, it’s the athletes as well.
“I wanted to do track to try something new, and I enjoy running,” freshman Alyssa Miller said
The team’s positive attitude was shown in the first practice during their first big run of the year.
“The first practice looked good,” Moore said. “The runners ran a total of six miles and they were running at a good pace.
Not only is the team highly anticipating their first meet on March 24, but they are focusing on the end goal.
“Our goal is for everyone to compete and do well,” senior Daniel Kirkpatrick said. “And for as many athletes as possible to [eventually] go to State.”