Boys and girls track to compete at home area meet
April 20, 2017
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After making school history last week with its first boys district 5A championship, the track teams’ qualifiers look to continue their success at the 5A area 15-16 meet, being hosted at the high school today.
“Our guys always enjoy running at home,” boys track coach Tim Denton said. “We always have a stadium full of fans and it is an advantage when it comes down to a hundredth of a second in a running event or a quarter of an inch in a field event. They’re excited.”
With the competition only getting tougher as they advance, the athletes know that they have to continue to push forward in their training.
“None of these guys are satisfied with only doing well at the district meet, they want to keep competing,” Denton said. “That’s part of the reason they’ve made it this far. They’re an impressive track team.”
Sophomore Jake Chamberlin also knows how important it is having the meet at home.
“We have the student body right in our backyard, rather than driving to a meet an hour away so it is a huge advantage,” Chamberlin said.
Last weekend the boys team won the school’s first district championship and the girls team also had success, advancing several athletes to area.
The boys team controlled the meet from start to finish, with 22 out of 26 athletes placing in their respective events. They had 16 athletes qualify for the area meet and and even broke a school record in the 4x100m relay.
“It was definitely a team effort,” Denton said. “These guys were amazing.”
Despite finishing behind Highland Park and Mesquite Poteet, the girls team had a lot of success at district as they advanced a number of athletes to the area meet.
“We qualified several athletes to the area meet and set several personal best marks,” girls track coach Logan Kelly said. “I think everyone competed as well as they could have.”
The team qualified for 11 events in the area meet, including multiple relay, hurdles, and jumping events.
If an athlete places in the top four of their event at area, they will qualify for the Region II 5A championship, hosted at The University of Texas at Arlington on April 28-29.