by Ashton Gillam/Staff Writer
While the boys track and field season is upon us, so are the grueling workouts and dedication that come along with it. The team is in full swing and are already off to a great start which began on Saturday, March 7 against Hamilton Southeastern High School. Most of the meets held during the winter months are indoors and vary from 5 to 12 laps to the mile in size. Other activities include running, jumping for height and distance, pole vaulting, and throwing for distance.
Last season the team finished strong. Tate Helm, who graduated last year, won the county meet with a distance of 48’10’ in shot put and started the HHC Championships with his personal best of 53’. Helms crushed his record at Warren Central High School to 54’4 ¾” and it automatically sent him to the state finals. Helms placed ninth at state finals. He said he would have liked to have done better, but still feels good about leaving with hardware. Adam Lee, also a 2019 graduate, finished 10th in the pole vault at state.
For this season a new set of freshmen will come into this sport with a new set of skills and a competitive edge. Michael Runions, 9, stated he believes a good runner can classify himself as such not because of how well they do compared to others but more about how they tried their absolute best to push themselves to the max. “Whenever they are running, practice or not, and they can walk off the track saying ‘I ran my best,’ then I believe that, that is a good runner.” Runions participates in the 400m and 4×400 practicing both indoors and out. Winning conference, county, and then going to state last season are his favorite memories because he was the first at the junior high to do this.
Adam Bright, 10, who also participates in cross country, runs in the 1600 and 3200 meter races. He runs track because he thought it would be great training for the XC season. Bright had his own opinions on what makes a good runner. “Many things make up a ‘good’ runner,” he said. “Most may believe it is just about your time and place in the races, but it is also about your character and willingness to work and learn.”
With the team encouraging Lucus Tutrow, 10, to keep pushing harder and harder through the tough moments while running his race, he sees them more as a family than as a team. Tutrow stated, “Coach Smith is hands down the best coach I’ve ever had and he helps us improve everyday. He works hard to give us a variety of workouts to help every aspect of our running.” If this doesn’t prove to you that they feel closer as a family than a team then I don’t know what will.