Wildcats start warming up track

by Patrick Ryan, Staff Reporter

When the snow starts to melt and the weather warms, the track teams begin their seasons. The boys and girls teams have prac- ticed indoors since February, and both are itching for the chance to get outside.

“We have the biggest team we’ve had in 10 years,” Mike Theodosakis, girls head track coach, said. “The girls are hardworking and have good personalities. Our goal for this season is to keep setting personal bests, to be as strong as we can in all areas and to keep a positive mindset.”

According to Tom Polak, boys head track coach, the team has had five indoor

meets so far. “We’re better than we were last year, and we have strong senior leadership,” Coach Polak said. “My goal for this season is to be in the top half of the Conference.”

Both the girls and boys track teams practice Mon- day through Saturday, and Coach Polak motivates his athletes by having them earn their team shirts.

“In the past, everyone who showed up got a shirt,” Polak said. “This year, you have to beat personal bests to earn your shirt. Fresh- men have to beat five; sophomores, three; juniors, two; and seniors, one.

According to Mauricio Zavala, freshman, the shirt policy is fair.

“You have to show that you’re committed and have to work hard to earn the shirt,” Zavala said. “The team has lots of potential, and the shirt policy makes people strive for greatness.”

Coach Theodosakis said that “one of our biggest challenges this season will be staying healthy. Losing a girl will definitely affect the team as a whole.”

Hailey Dammeier, sophomore, fractured her ankle playing basketball and comes everyday to work out with the team and to help out the coaches until she can participate again.

Dammeier hopes to be back this season around mid-March or early April.

“Our girls are competitors, and want to push themselves to do their absolute best,” Coach Theodosakis said.

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