Spring sports started this week. Two freshmen talk about track and field tryouts.

In My Own Words

In this installment of In My Own Words, Micah Gordley and Kate Knarr talk about the opening week of spring sports in track and field. 

Monday was the first day of spring sports and track tryouts for the high school track team. While tenth graders and older automatically get in, freshmen have to tryout. Tryouts have been all week with the coaches observing while taking notes on our performance.
On the first day, everyone first ran the mile with the goal of being under eight minutes. Thanks to my training in indoor track, I'm already in shape and ran the mile comfortably in 7:35. Many of the people got around that time as well, give or take a few seconds.

Distance runners went on a campus run, while sprinters, my group, started with 40 meter sprints. After a little while, we got a drink break and ran a 100 meter sprint as fast as we could, cooled down, then did a 200 meter dash as fast as we could, and finally did a 300 meter at the same pace. We then did an Indian Run around the track for two laps, stretched, and left at 5:30 pm.

The start of high school track and field was, all things considered, not too bad. The coaches provided good advice, the runs pushed us but not overwhelmingly difficult, and we left a little earlier than we were expecting to be done.

Pole Vaulting
Pole vaulting is such a cool event in track and field. Since this is my first year on the high school track and field team, I got the opportunity to try it for the first time. I was not that good at first, but I think I'm getting the hang of it.
Kate Knarr on the pole vault.
I really enjoy pole vaulting and I want to become really good at it. 

As I was observing the older girls pole vaulting, I could see they were doing really good so I felt a little awkward given my inexperience. The average minimum height for girl pole vaulters is seven feet which I hope to accomplish this week.

I'm looking forward to this season because I'm one of the better high jumpers. I hope to dominate this year. I hit 4'10 as an eighth grader so hopefully my PR increases as I become better. 

I also want to try hurdles but I'm not that fast at sprinting. I understand the techniques and the momentum I need to have to do the hurdles but its a work in progress.
The high school track team is very welcoming and I enjoy practice. After the first two days I was very sore but hopefully the rest of the week will help me feel better. 
I'm very happy with my potential for this season, and I plan to continue the sport throughout my high school career. Track is my favorite sport and I'm very happy I have the opportunity to be on the team
--By Micah Gordley, LS News reporter
--By Kate Knarr, LS News reporter
--Photographs by Mr. Calvin Esh

In My Own Words is a first person written series that highlights Lampeter-Strasburg High School students activities.

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