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Track team hopes off season work delivers results

Photo by Cory Wyman ’16 – Long Distance Track runners do a workout, Feb. 9.

By Jack Cahill ’17

Last year, the track team finished third in state and they hope to do better this year.

According to head coach Mr. Bill Kalkman, the track team did well last year.

“Last year we finished third in state, and had several state champions in individual events,”  Mr. Kalkman said. “This year, we have a chance to score more points at state, and we hope as a team to be state champions.”

Mr. Kalkman also said that many athletes on the team have improved in the last year.

“In track and field there are many events, and there are many people who have improved in each of these areas,” Mr. Kalkman said. “Isaiah Oliver (’15) is a senior who is a sprinter, hurdler and jumper, and he is our No. 1 athlete on the team this year.”

Team members are also optimistic about this year, including Luke Mason ’17.

“This year I think we’ll do really well,” Mason said. “I think a lot of kids put in a lot of practice time over the winter. That’s going to help their season a lot this year. I think we can qualify anywhere from three to seven guys this year.”

Mason said members are optimistic because of the hard work they put into the sport in the off season.

“Like the other guys, I put in a lot of work over the winter. I’ve done a lot of speed work. This is going to help drop my teams this year,” Mason said. “Over the season, I’ve run much faster by putting in more mileage over the winter.”