Track season off and running

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Jay Graves, Englewood track team head coach, said that although weather severely limited outside practice time, the Pirates still did fairly well in their first competition of the year on March 16 at the Windsor Invitational Track Meet.

“Our boys turned in some good performances on the track and in field events,” the coach said. “Our girls roster was small because we have several soccer players who join us when they can but the team still did pretty well.”

There was little time to think about Windsor because the Pirates took part in the Colorado 7 league relays March 19. There are practices through March 22 and then all official activities, including practices, are put on hold while the students are on spring break. Practices and classes resume April 1 as the team begins preparation to host 13 teams attending the annual Windjammer Invitational on April 6.

Graves said the boys team this year is a combination of veterans and newcomers. Returning letter winners Tucker Horan and Chad Glover are expected to help give the Pirates strong representation in distance competitions. The team should be strengthened with Damasjae Currington throwing the discus and the shot put and newcomers like Nick Diersagal in the triple jump and long jump.

Horan said he is looking forward to his senior year with the track team.

“My goal is to get my time for the 800-meter run under two minutes,” the senior said. “The 800 is a sprint and a distance event at the same time. I’m not a sprinter but I do have pretty good speed so I go out fast for the first 400, keep up a good pace while making sure I have enough left for a sprint to the finish line.”

He said he also likes to be part of the 4 X 400 relay team. He said he likes working with the teammates and the challenge not only of running a leg of the race but of all the timing and coordination necessary to make a clean baton pass.

Graves said the girls team is pretty good with a returning group of sprinters, the skills of Jolie Baly in the discus and shot put events.

“Again this year, several soccer players who are sprinters will join the track team when the schedule allows,” the coach said. “The soccer players compete in individual events as well as joining forces as members of the sprint relay teams.”

Lindsey McNorton played soccer and ran with the track team last year. This year, she is just running track.

“I really love playing soccer but I can’t do that this year, because I dislocated my shoulder too many times in volleyball and can’t play a contact sport and, with me, soccer is a contact sport,” she said. “The individual events are fun but I particularly like the 4 X 100 relay or the medley relay.”