Northwood Track and Field jumps over hurdles
After placing first and second respectively in the Pacific Coast League (PCL), the Girls and Boys Track and Field teams are hoping to expand on their successes from last year as they prepare for the upcoming preseason.
The team, under the leadership of coaches Louie Muniz, Dorian Johnson and Dean Toohey, has been training hard since early February and hopes to achieve and surpass last year’s accomplishments in the PCL, which will begin in late March.
“We are doing a lot of conditioning right now to make sure that we’re in shape before we start working on our technique aspects for each event,” junior Kellie May said.
Track and Field encompasses a variety of sporting events, including the short-distance 100-meter and 200-meter sprints, long-distance 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs, relay races and shot put throws.
The team experienced great success in its performance at the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs last year, with the team moving to Division 2 for the first time in Northwood history. In addition, senior Savion Cotten placed eighth in the CIF finals for the 100-meter, with other individuals and teams, including the girls 4×100-meter relay team, qualifying for the CIF preliminaries.
Although the team lost strong seniors from last year, rising seniors and juniors have stepped up to lead the team.
“With the loss of some of our great seniors we have had to train ourselves to fill in their spots,” junior Zuhair Chaudhry said. “It is great that current seniors have stepped up to their roles.”
With rigorous practice sessions every day, the teams hope to start off strong in the preseason and set the tone in the PCL. For now, both teams are working to perfect their technique and conditioning by the Yorba Linda Dual Meet on Mar. 2, the first meet of the year.
“We want to win league for the third year in a row. We’re working really hard to have a well-rounded team that can dominate in many events. Overall, we all want to have a great time competing and make great memories,” May said. “A goal we have every year is to send a few of our athletes to CIF individually.”
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