Running into the new season

Aileen Zitek

Spring will be here before you know it, which means spring sports are soon to be in full force. As one of the most heavily participated sports at Marian, track and field represents a large portion of the Marian student body.

Track and field includes a variety of events such as short and long distance races, relays, hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, discus, and shot put. Head coach Mr. Greg Golka tells us about some changes to look forward to in the upcoming season.

“We have a couple of new coaches– Ms. Megan Han will be coaching sprinters, and a new hurdle coach Kristie Mullen [who] was a good track athlete in high school, and went on to run college track,” Golka said.

Prior to the offical season, there is pre-season conditioning held after school on Tuesdays and Wednesday. If you are considering joining the team this spring, attending the pre-season conditioning will help prepare you physcially and introduce you to other girls who will be doing track and field.

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This upcoming season has many excited for what it holds. “Coming off of last year we improved a lot [as a team], so I’m excited to see how much more we will grow this season. I think we will also be more competitive in meets. I feel like we have grown closer as a team so I’m excited for that too,” senior Ashley Stanek said.

Golka also shares his excitements for the season. “Having Ms. Han as a coach, and having a new plan to develop athletes as we go throughout the year,” Golka said.

As of right now, there is seven varsity meets (not including Metro, Districts, and State), three JV meets, and a ninth grade meet scheduled. The first official practice will be on Feb 25. In order to participate, you must have turned in a physical and parental consent to the athletic trainer, Mrs. Melissa Brusnahan, before you can begin practicing.

The first few practices will be spent testing several event types. The coaches will work with each athlete, in hopes to find what events they will be most competitive in. “Be willing to commit yourself, it’s an individual sport, so you will only get out of it what you put into it” Golka said.

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