On your Marks, Get Set, Track Season!

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Noelle Weir

Track is one of the most popular sports offered at Mound Westonka High School with over  100 athletes per season. The track team competes against schools such as Orono, Jordan, Waconia, Delano, and more. The team got off to a rocky start this season with lots of weather issues and injuries, but the team continues to work hard every day at practice. A typical practice day starts with a warm up of around 2-4 laps around the track, and stretches. Then comes the main workout which can consist of ladders, hills, sprint combinations, or relays. They end practice with more cool-down laps and stretching. Practices usually last around an hour and a half every day.

Kennedy Schmidt, a varsity runner has already gotten a new personal record this season in the 200 meter sprint. Kennedy’s personal favorite event, however, is the 4×1 relay who she runs with Ellen Pruitt, Ali Butler, and Jaylyn Storm.  The girls team also won their first meet of the season May 3rd at Orono.  Highlights includes first places finishes by Ainhoa Toquero in the high jump & long jump, Libby McCue in Shot Put, Annie Springer in Discus, Micah Boyce in the 100 and 200.

The track team bonds by cheering for each other during the meets or during a long and hard run at practice. The encouragement always motivates the athletes to run faster and work harder. The runners also use bus rides for bonding time, although this year it has been harder to bond because of social distancing and Covid-19. There is only one person to a seat on the way to meets, and they social distance during practice as well. Covid has had a big impact on the track team especially this year because of the size of the team. All of the runners have to wear masks during practice and meets unless they’re competing at a meet, but the Covid-19 obstacles don’t stop the team from working hard every day. The Westonka Wire is looking forward to seeing the Mound Westonka track team improve during the rest of the season. Make sure to go see a meet!