Track and Field soars into success
After 15 years as an assistant coach for the high school track and field team, Ms. Brandi Owens agreed to step up as this year's head coach.
Her plans for practices include utilizing her assistant coaches, Terry Owens and Gale Bly, as much as possible.
Owens says she likes track because it is an individual sport with team aspects. Athletes have to put in their own work to see good results.
“I am coaching because I want to see the students reach the potential I see in them,” said Ms. Owens.
The high school athletes participating this year will compete in nine competitions, ten if they qualify for the state meet.
“I am a little scared but hopeful and excited to see how the season will go,” said Ms. Owens.
Sophomore Eduardo Perez has participated in track for three years and competes in the 100-meter, 200-meter, 800-meter, and long jump.
“My favorite event is the 100-meter dash because it is the easiest race,” said Perez.
Perez said he decided to join track because he wanted to improve in sports and become more competitive.
Freshman Raeha Jensen has enjoyed track since she was in elementary and competes in the 100-meter and long jump. Her favorite part about track is hanging out with friends during meets.
“Long jump is my favorite event because I like jumping into the sand pit,” said Jensen.
The track team's first meet was at Sutton on March 21. Senior Xavier Marburger finished second in the triple jump, the 100-meter, and 200-meter. Junior Cody Fishler earned sixth place in pole vault. Sophomore Micaiah Niemoth placed seventh in the 3200-meter, while senior Alyssa Ferguson finished fourth in the 3200-meter.