Track & field athletes step it up

Pilar Olvera, Reporter

IT’S SPRINGTIME, and athletes are excited to compete in track. has high expectations. However, runners strive to have a positive mindset during a race, or even a simple jog. It is vital to be self motivated and inspired during individual events.

Track isn’t like football: football is a space where the pressure is twice as much for players to perform well. In track, pressure is a runner’s choice. As individual health increases, the team’s performance improves. “The coaching staff is awesome. It’s a lot of hard work, but if you’re not scared of a little challenge, do it,” Aaron Meints (12) said.

Coaches always push their players to the limit, even on the hardest days. Track has a variety of obstacles like dropping the baton in relays or being afraid of getting scratched during long jump. These errors encourage runners to work harder and smarter. Teammates are always there to support each other, and it’s all about having a good time.

Becoming a great runner is simple, but it just takes time and determination. “Sleeping is the most important thing I tell the runners to do, as well as running, to become better,” Mr. Rice, an assistant coach, said. Sleeping is very powerful, and the more runners train, the more they should sleep. Sleep increases motivation to exercise and helps muscle groups recover which is important for performance.

Most athletes have side hustles like jobs, clubs, and classes. As long as they follow an organized schedule, it isn’t as hard as it might be.

“Some days I want to quit, but I stick to it because I know it’s worth it,” Saisai Laita (11) said. Laita must attend track practices after school and then head to work right after. It’s difficult to get eight hours of sleep, but track helps him relieve stress and get away from reality.

It is fascinating to see a runner’s performance and growth. To achieve goals, athletes need to properly train. It is crazy how the human body can push its limits to become stronger.