By Brendan Hinkle ’16
Track is the sport that holds the most athletes, 231 to be exact.
With all of those athletes, Mr. Doug Cox, an assistant coach, said the team has been doing well.
“Track is going well this year,” Mr. Cox said. “Our athletes are working extremely hard. This is one of the largest teams we’ve ever had, athlete wise, so we got a lot of kids out there getting stronger and working harder. We have a couple good leaders, Bobby Grant ’14, and Isaiah Oliver ’15, and we expect great things from them this year at state.”
The team will look at each event and figure out what they can do, according to one of the team captains, Grant.
“To prepare for state, it’s a little bit away from now, but your probably have to think about what events me and Oliver will run to score points in the sprints, to see what events the freshmen can do if they make it to state, and some relays we can put together,” Grant said. “Then two weeks before we go to state, we sit down as a team and realistically look at how many points we can score in what areas and events, and plan at that.”
The team has looked toward their juniors to lead the team this and next season.
“We have a really good set of juniors for next year,” Grant said. “We’ve got a lot of guys out there that will do big things next year. They just have to focus on getting stronger, working hard and getting faster.”
Mr. Cox also said expectations are high for the juniors for next year.
“We’ve had some of our upperclassmen definitely step up, and show the young guys the right way to work, habits to develop to become the best they can be,” Mr. Cox said. “We’ve had a lot of leadership from our upperclass men and it’s been great seeing that.”
Even though the team is preparing for state, they also looked forward to meets against challenging top schools, such as Chandler, Mountain Point and Corona Del Sol, Mr. Cox said.
Grant added that they also looked forward to the Arcadia invitational in California, which is the biggest meet besides state.
As of April 15, the team’s record in dual meets was 6-1.