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Track and field began their season on April 20 with a meet at Jeaga.

“To prepare for our first meet, we did stretches, dynamic workouts, and relays,” Vincent Maio, eighth grade, sprinter said.

They had practice every day from Monday through Thursday. Their second meet was against Duncan and JFK. In this meet, Levon Blackshear ran the 400-meter race in a little over 1 minute.

“At practice, we did field events like shotput, long jump, high jump, and batons. Then we had to split into two groups. One group had to do long-distance events and the other group had to do short-distance events,” Maio said.

The field events included shotput, high jump, long jump, and hurdles. The track events consisted of 100-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter, and the 200-meter dash.

“I like the rush of running and my teammates are supportive. They provide competition and I strive to beat my times,” Carlos Jaramillo, eighth grade, runner said.

“Times do not lie. When they are practicing, they are competing and running against themselves,” Lauren Goepfert, track and field coach said.

Their third track and field meet was on April 27 at Independence. At this meet, Erin Crossey, runner, ran the 800-meter relay in 3:00 minutes. But, Julia McDuffee, runner, finished close behind with 3:02.

“We are doing well so far in our track meets and I am looking for the returning players to act as leaders this year,” Goefert said.

The fourth meet was at Jupiter, competing against Jupiter and Bear Lakes. Gerrit Felton ran the 4 by 100 in 0:58 seconds.

Ericka Haney and Lauren Goepfert coached track and field for the third season this year.

“My favorite part about coaching track and field is being outside and helping the students improve on a sport they love,” Goepfert said.

“Coach Goepfert is serious about seeing us get better and make us improve, but she is also fun while doing that,” Jaramillo said.

The track meet at Jupiter was held on May 4. Isaac Clark finished the 1600-meter relay in 5:30. Although none of the track and field meets were held at Bak, they still had fun at the various other schools they competed at.

Goepfert said, “I think we need to improve on getting faster, but we have been doing great so far.”

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