By Blake Dykes
By Samanta Garcia and Alison Akermon
With track season looming around the corner, preparations have to be made. As athletes approach any new season, there training and conditioning are involved.
By Peter Hyle and Christian DiMartino
Tonight the FC track team will be preparing for the Jefferson Inferno Invitational. A team centered around determination and companionship, many of the runners have a confident attitude towards competing this weekend.
“I’m not nervous at all. We are a group of go-getters and we will do whatever it takes to be successful in the end,” said senior Seth Jenkins.
The team has been very successful in the past, which has generated high expectations among the teammates.
“Our overall goal this year is to win regionals,” said senior Reese Tarr. “Everyone on the team has been working like crazy to make that a reality.”
The team has a very distinct advantage that helps them power through each season.
“We always have a very good group of seniors who lead by example and through communication. This year’s seniors are especially talented, and they really make the team what it is,” said head track coach Lane Oxley.
Each individual player has their own reasoning behind why they love this sport as much as they do, and why they are so determined to win.
“I really love the competitive nature involved with track. I have always loved to compete, and it’s just a great feeling to push myself on this team,” said senior Grant Reynolds.
Other members are drawn to different aspects of being on the track team.
“I’m on the team because I love to run, basically. That and also being with my teammates. It’s great to be a part of the team alongside them,” said junior Grant Vellinger.
Being a very talented team, they have many goals and obstacles awaiting them.
“There are some high expectations all across the board for this team. This year we have a very strong set of guys in all of the events. We are taking all of this one step at a time, but we always have our eyes set on state,” said Jenkins.
By Bryce Romig
Track season is approaching quickly, and the track team is training hard to make sure they are at the top of their game for the 2014 season. Practicing each day after school on the track, the team is hoping to win regionals this year.
“We practice six days a week with running drills and weight lifting. All of our field event participants stay after practice and do extra work on our event,” said junior long jumper Macy Plaiss.
With all of the missed school days due to snow, the track team suffered from missed conditioning.
“For distance this year it’s a lot harder to train due to all of the snow days,” said boy’s long distance coach Tim Korte.
Although snow days have made an impact on the team, they are working hard to make up for the lost days.
‘Trying to get our practices in is harder due to the weather. We try to run anywhere from 25-35 miles per week,” said long distance runner freshman Morgan Paul.
When asked about the team’s strengths, Korte shared that they have many great returning runners this year.
“However, our shot put and discus area are our weaknesses this year. We lost our state champion Cody Hamsley,” said Korte.
The team shared their many goals and accomplishments they wish to complete this season.
“We want to win conference sectionals and regionals. We’ve only had one regional win ever,” said Korte.
Along with winning regionals, personal records are a main focus as well.
“Everyone is really trying for PR’s. We have a much smaller team this year, but we still want to win sectionals and regionals,”said Paul.
The boys track team’s first meet will be on March 27 against Silver Creek High School.
Girls track will have their first meet on April 11 in Corydon.
“We have a pretty strong team this year, including both sprinting and distance. I’m really looking forward to competing and bonding with my teammates,” said junior Gabrielle Rodriguez.
By Lexi Burch