Track athletes excel in beginning of season


Junior Alec Regent crosses the finish line before his competitors. (Photo courtesy Ashley Cooper)

  With the outdoor track getting into the swing of things, the team is looking forward to what the season will bring them. It is no secret among the runners that part of what makes running track so enjoyable is the friends that are made along the way, but that is also part of what makes them so successful in their sport. The way the athletes communicate with each other is essential and the main component in how they compete during their meet.

  Seniors Brian Gonda and Tymer Goss are a big part of motivating the Sheridan team. With being both captains and seniors, they have a lot of responsibility on them, so they can continue helping the team while also maintaining good grades through the remainder of their school year. Keeping things positive and driven keeps the team strong as a whole and allows them to excel through the season both during meets and in practices.

  Many of the runners have been in track or some form of sport before high school, and for most of the same students, they look to continue it out of high school.

  Unfortunately due to weather, finding meets they can attend has been a struggle, but that doesn’t deter them from working as hard as they can. Their coach Taylor Kelting helps them build workouts that help build their weaknesses up. He also helps find meets where they can have a fair competition. On top of everything done to allow the team to compete, Kelting is also incredibly supportive and honest according to his team.

  The track team’s goal is always to advance from where they were last year, both in their personal records and as a team. “I think we’re shooting for first top three, probably,” said sophomore Alex Garber. “We’re one of the best track teams to come through Wyoming right now, and we’re on a roll. We have a lot of great competitors out there.”

  The positive outlook for the season is not solely from students either, but Kelting is also seeing progress and success in their future as they take off into the season. Outdoor track participants will continue to work hard to fulfill goals from their coach, themselves and the team as a whole, pushing themselves to continue to rise above other teams.

  During their meet on April 16 the girls placed first in their meet against all of their opposing teams and boys placed second, continuing to show promise for upcoming meets. Individually, some of the team members feel that they fell short on their solo races, but that overall as a team they did even better than expected.

  Senior Kelly Moodry, senior Pippin Robinson, and junior Piper Carroll, broke the school record for the 1600 meter relay.

  There is plenty to look forward to with the various events they can compete in, such as the long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, shotput, and discus.

  Of course, it is difficult to know how the season will look, especially with the season just having begun, but it is clear from the high and determined spirits of the team they have no plans on giving anything but their very best.