Track & Field
Boomer Elmsdale
Fri, February 16, 2024 at 12:02 PM
As the new track and field season kicks off, Coach Katelin Miller and her team at F. L. Schlagle High School have high hopes and strong goals for the upcoming year. With a focus on cultivating a well-rounded team and pushing their athletes to reach their full potential, this team is ready to take on any challenge that comes their way. One of the biggest goals for the girls' team this year is to have a strong showing in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay events. This requires not only a high level of individual talent, but also the teams' ability to stay healthy throughout the season. In order to achieve this goal, Coach Miller emphasizes the importance of taking care of oneself and avoiding injuries. A healthy team is key to success in these relay events. Another major objective for the team is to have a well-rounded group of athletes, not just focusing on sprinters, but also jumpers, throwers, and middle distance runners. Coach Miller recognizes the importance of having a diverse set of skills on the team to ensure success in different events. This also allows more opportunities for each athlete to contribute and excel. On the boys' side, the main goal is to qualify for the state competition. With some close calls at regionals last year, the boys are determined to make it to state this year and showcase their hard work and dedication. Coach Miller has no doubt that they have the talent to achieve this goal and is looking forward to seeing their progress throughout the season. As a whole, the focus of the team is to grow and expand the track and field program at Schlagle. Coach Miller recalls when she first started coaching, the team consisted of only 10 consistent athletes. Last year, they were able to increase their numbers to 40, and this year, they hope to continue to grow and get more students interested in track and field. This growth not only strengthens the team, but also helps to create a bigger track and field community within the school. Looking at the individual athletes, Coach Miller is particularly excited about the progress of returning sophomores Caleya Williams and Naomi Taylor on the girls' team. As freshmen, they made significant improvements in their 100 and 200 meter times, and Coach Miller has no doubt that they will continue to impress this year.