With all the events involved in track and field, there really is something for everyone.
This year’s team has made some huge improvements already in the first meet. Last Friday, the team went to the Bulldog Early Bird meet where the boys team finished fourth out of eight teams. They went into the meet with only half the team due to other engagements such as the dance review, some injuries others not having enough practices.
“Considering this handicap, I thought the team did really well,” coach Lacey Pearson said. A few students achieved personal records in their events. Carlin Christensen improved his mile time by 6.5 seconds. Brooklyn Hafen ran her 400 meter race almost 3 seconds faster than last year. And Jacques Wadsworth improved in both his 110 and 300 meter hurdles.
“Seeing these new PR’s is really fun, given that we are just beginning the season,” Pearson said. She recalls that her favorite race of the meet was the boys 4×100 meter relay team. Landen Smith, Tyler Frehner, Noah Smith, and, as Pearson says, their anchor Sam Anderson made up the team. “The guys were very fast with fairly smooth handoffs, and watching Sam bear down on the leader as they came down the final stretch and capture the win was pretty exciting for everyone!” Pearson said. The boys finished the race in 45.83 seconds.
Several team members had top three finishes during the meet. On the women’s side, Brooklyn Hafen finished third in the 400 meters with a time of 1 minute, 7.01 seconds.
For the men, Smith and Anderson finished second and third respectively in the 100 meters. Smith’s time was 12.23 seconds and Anderson finished in 12.38.
Anderson finished second in the 200 meters with a time of 24.57. Barfield was third in the 400 meters, finishing in 56.24 seconds.
“I’m looking forward to a fine season with some good things to come for our track students. We’ve got some great coaches helping us, and some great kids who are willing to work hard at practice, and we are going to see some great results this year.”