Track is off to a running start in season


Photo courtesy of Jin Kim

Sophomore Meagan Oefelein takes the lead of the pack in an event.

Boys track (3-0) won first place and girls track (2-1) won second place at the track meet against Northwood High on April 16 at University High.

The official season started in the beginning of April, and the team underwent extensive preparation for the season. Runners practiced Monday to Saturday and had two meets every week. According to senior runner Elise Ulwelling, during practices, the runners did running exercises, with a specific focus on stamina, speed or burst depending on the event.

“We did different types of working such as speed or technique to make sure that we are all in good shape,” junior Jin Kim said. “We all put [in] a lot of time and effort for the season.”

Not only does the team practice every day during the season, but they have also been training since off-season during weekends, invitationals and all-comers meets. The players practiced year-round every day from Monday to Friday during sixth period and after school.

“As it got closer to the season, we had practices up to twice per day,” Ulwelling said.

“We are doing really well so far, and I think that this is because of the strong and hardworking members we have on our team,” Kim said.
All the members in the team have the goal of winning meets, winning CIF and placing in the state. In addition to these team goals, each player has his or her own individual goal.

Senior Cheyenne Roman said she wants to improve her times in the 100 high hurdles and the 300 hurdles races, and senior Megan Do said she wants to set new records for running times.

All the members work hard and encourage each other in order to reach their goals.

Senior Bethani Heising said she believes that teamwork is the most important factor when playing a sport, even when they are not playing as a team. The players always support each other to achieve their goals.

“What makes us special is that even though we all have different personalities and we [have] different races against each other, we all work together as a team and encourage each other to do our best,” Roman said.