After lacking an actual “track” for a few years, New Haven High School now almost has a fully functional track to host meets. During the construction over the past year and a half, the track has acquired much with the help of the community through donations and fundraisers.
In this time, it has been announced by Coach John Tucker that we are hosting the class 1 district track meet for the next 2 years. However, the track team still has some learning to do before doing so.
A new event called “pole vault” is something that the team hasn’t competed in for a long time. Now that we have the equipment possible to do so, Coach Tucker claims that about 12 athletes are trying out for the new event.
To host a fully functional meet with all of the required equipment, they still need a shed (for the equipment), fully functional restrooms, flags for relay exchanges, bleachers for the audience to sit on, and rakes for the jumping pits.
However, they’ve already purchased new starting blocks, mats, and other small equipment. These were purchased during the summer and offseason.
When asked about the athletes who are going to jump, Coach Michael Hagedorn stated, “I have high expectations for the jumpers this year. Since Lauren finished first in triple jump and second in long jump in the state, the bar has been set pretty high. Emma Engelbrecht ended up getting second in triple jump.”
He continued: “We have a lot of promise in high jump right now too. Most of the boys that were high jumping last year were freshmen. This year Martin, Domenic, and Sebastian should step up and be able to compete with the juniors and seniors from other schools. Overall, I look for us to be very competitive with most schools in all of the jumping events. When Brady Kruse heals from his surgery, he should improve from his 5th place finish in the long jump at districts.”
Coach Tucker also quoted, “We will be hosting districts for the next 2 years, which is awesome. It’s really nice to know that we won’t be changing districts either, which is always a possibility.”
Finally, sophomore Domenic Olson stated, “I’m really excited to host districts. I’m also really excited to test out the new equipment. It should be a fun season.”