By Jason Rebuck
The 2016 Track & Field season is underway.
The team is ready to compete. The goal of the season is simple; each competitor will work hard all season to improve his or her individual performance and help the team.
With the boys record of 5-1 last season, Coach Barshinger is looking for progress from last year since the loss of several key seniors last year leaves the current team very young
With the loss of those seniors, the team is looking for last year’s underclassmen to step up, and step up they have. In the first three meets of the season, they won 76-72 versus Spring Grove, won 113-35 against York High, and a hard fought win over South Western 77-72.
“So far we are running great this season,” junior Paul Jones said. “Everyone worked hard in the offseason and we are starting to see the results now.”
“South Western was good for our confidence and will definitely help us go forward,” Jones added.
Other up and coming track stars are Greg Potter in the pole vault competition. Potter is expected to be the top pole vaulter in the State. Potter went to indoor nationals before this upcoming season in New York finishing second in the emerging elite as a junior with 14ft 9.5 ½ inches.
Joel Gatchell is projected to be a top competitor in the long distance competitions. He has improved a lot in the 400 meter dash and matured a lot, according to Coach Barshinger.
So far, the workouts leading up to the first track meet have been good. The weather has been nice and everybody has been working really hard to improve from last year.
With the first meet over the boys beat Spring Grove 76-72, Coach Barshinger added “we are a young team. They showed a lot of guts and maturity we have a lot to improve but the team has the ability to do it.”
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