Track and field team looks for good season
Talent. Potential. Depth. These are the attributes that can be used to elucidate the 2013 Comets’ track and field team.
The women’s season is set to get underway at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 in Norwalk. Head Coach Jennifer Williams looks to improve on a second place finish in conference last year.
Williams has a very optimistic look on this year’s squad leading in to the beginning of this season. She said that although they lose a few people every year, there weren’t many major losses from the year prior.
“Our coaching staff is great. They have been able to fill in the gaps really well, and we are a lot deeper (more athletes) this year,” Williams said.
She has been able to coerce a few athletes from the cross country team to help with distance running, as well as freshman Reagan Mathis to anchor the sprinting team, with freshman Cydnee Psalms heading up the jumpers.
Williams mentioned last year was a success because they were able to send three girls to state, in which they all finished sixth in their events, but she wants this team to be even better.
“Winning conference is always the goal. We want to take as many athletes to the SoCal regionals and the state meet as possible,” Williams said.
Mathis wants the same goal. “We want conference. We just want to win,” she said. “I just got to perform well in whatever they (coaches) put me in.”
Although this year’s team has very high potential and talent, the lack of an offseason program does leave one for concern.
“It’s tough because we don’t have a class so it is not allowed to meet,” Williams said. However, the coaches were able to give their athletes a workout schedule, but it is up to them to complete it.
“They had workouts prepared for us. It had different exercises like running and lifting weights,” Psalms said.
She added that believes her coaches have put her in a position to reach not only the team’s goal of a conference title, but her individual goal of jumping at least 5 feet 10 inches in the high jump this season.
Mathis showed the same amount of faith in her coaches as Psalms.
“They are motivational coaches. They are hard on us when they need to be, but it makes us better,” she said.
Along with great coaching, a team needs to be able to mesh to be successful; a trait that this team has adopted.
“We have really good energy. We are all about the same age so we all get along real well,” Mathis said.