Track members set high goals for themselves this season

Teams train and better themselves for the Lone Star Conference

By Cameron Niblock
On February 13, 2015

The Track and Field teams strive for success this season as they sprint towards the Lone Star Conference.

“We definitely want to go for that seventh Lone Star Conference, especially with it being here on our home turf,” Kaitlin Lumpkins, freshman, said. “It sets even bigger goals for us.”

Lumpkins said she is setting high goals for herself so she can be successful with her next three years, and has high hopes of making it to nationals. Both the male and female teams have been working hard to achieve their goals for this season.

“One of our main goals is to win the conference championship this year,” Hakeem Regis, member of the guys track team, said. “Last year we came close, so that’s definitely a goal.”

Underclassmen don’t have a hard time looking for inspiration because they are surrounded by upperclassmen that motivate them on and off the track.

Senior Jordan Grey, member of the women’s track team, said that upperclassman lead by example every day and let freshman see their determination in practice.

“Our ultimate goal is to be indoor and outdoor conference champions, which has never happened before in the history of the program,” Grey said.

One of the events Grey is participating in is the women’s pentathlon which consists of five different events including 60 meters, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800 meters. Grey wants to strive to be the best at this event to support the team and in the process, opening the way to nationals.

The Lone Star Conference is an important competition for any athletic program in Texas, and this is no different for Track & Field.

“For the team we want to win the conference championship, with particularly women indoors and outdoors championships and with the men the outdoor championship,” James Reid, Head Track & Field Coach, said.

Reid said the conference championship is a little more important this year because the conference is at home, “Our kids always do a good job competing at home.”

Motivating the team is always a crucial aspect of any athletic program. It is what fuels the determination in each individual to make their school proud.

“My big thing that we push all the time is just effort,” Reid said, “What’s obviously very important every year is getting the new kids, whether they are freshmen, or transfers, and getting them all moving in the same direction.”

Overall, it looks as though the Track and Field teams have a long and prosperous season ahead of them.

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