Track is a great sport for helping to build overall athleticism, because more time can be devoted to strength-training and building explosive power and quickness. This will allow a student to become a better athlete and ultimately more successful in the other sports. In track and field, there is less of a team focus than other sports like football and basketball. It is not necessary to have participated in middle school track.
Track has more events and involves more skills than any other sport. Fourteen of these events are individual and can be grouped into five general categories: jumps (high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump), throws (shot put, discus), sprints(100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter dashes),distance (800 meter, 1600 meter, 3200 meter runs), and the hurdles (110 meter high hurdles, 300 meter intermediate hurdles). There are also four relays. With such a wide range of events, every athlete has an opportunity to experience success.
The track season begins the second week of March and lasts until the last week of May, or the first week of June if you are fortunate enough to compete in the state meet. Practices start at 3:30 and last until about 5:45 the month of March, 5:30 in April, and practice is done between 5:00 and 5:15 in May. Each season there are close to twenty meets scheduled. Most meets are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, although there is an occasional Monday or Friday meet. The only meets on Saturdays are the Waupaca County Invitational and the Eastern Valley Conference Meet.
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Track & Field Coach
No previous experience is necessary to be involved in girls’ track. Track and field is more than running in circles. It includes 18 events like long jump, high jump, triple jump, hurdles, shot put, discus, sprints, middle distance, and long distance runs and relay, and since 2000 – pole vault. Track is an individual sport as well as a team sport. Students must provide their own equipment- training shoes, a must! This is a great way to get in shape, test your limits, and meet new friends.