On February 26th, the track and field team will start practicing for their upcoming season.
The team members were asked what they were looking forward to this year, and senior MacKenzie Bauer said, “I am looking forward to being on a team with some of my closest friends and [I’m] excited to see what all we can accomplish together.”
Ellie Westermeyer, freshman, replied, “I’m looking forward to meeting new people and having fun.”
“I’m looking forward to improving my sprint speed and becoming a better sprinter in general,” answered sophomore Samuel Penning.
They were then asked if there was anything they weren’t looking forward to this season, and senior Lydia Pataky said, “There isn’t anything that I’m not looking forward to--I love track!”
“The only thing I am not looking forward to is how long I have to wait for my event, because the [girls] 2-mile is the second-to-last event at meets,” said sophomore Grace Allgaier.
Nathan Ford, senior, responded with, “I’m not looking forward to the end of the season.”
Next, the athletes were asked what events they planned on competing in during the season, and Martin Lewis, junior, answered, “I plan on participating in the 4 by 800, the 800, and high jump.”
“I’m going to take part in the 100 and 200 meter dash, the 4 by 100 and 4 by 200, and long jump,” replied senior Dalton Gerdes.
Alaina Scott, freshman, responded, “I am thinking of trying pole vault, 100 meter hurdles, and the high jump.”
“I think I will try shot put, javelin, and maybe some short distance running,” said freshman Bailey Leuthauser.
Another question asked was what members are doing to prepare for the season, and Caroline Otten, freshman, replied, “I have been running and have done cross country so I am already used to long distances, and I know how to pace myself when running.”
Kayla Brumels, sophomore, said, “I have done plenty of running with cross country, so I think I will be ready for this season.”
“I have cheer season, which has helped me build up some muscle. Also, I've been going to the gym and running more lately,” answered junior Elsie McNabb.
The last question asked to the team was if there was anything that any of them hoped to achieve over the season, and sophomore Hannah Knoppe responded with, “I hope to work hard and push myself to improve in my events.”
“A couple of medals, but most of all my name on the record board,” said sophomore Keagan Huff.
Daniel Huff, freshman, answered with, “I hope to beat my previous records.”
The track and field season will start in a couple weeks for our Shamrocks, and hopefully, we can achieve another state title!