by: Abbie Altena
The track team is off to a great start this season with 25 boys and 16 girls out for the team. Of the 25 boys just 11 are returning team members, but that hasn’t stopped them from taking home medals and even being the champions of the North Mahaska meet. While the girls team is more experienced with 11 of 16 girls being returning team members, they have had trouble filling all the events with such low numbers. Even with low numbers the girls have taken home lots of medals, achieved many personal records, and got first place at the Eddyville Relays. Both the boys and girls teams sent a 4×100 team to compete at the Drake Relays on April 27, out of 80 teams the girls got 46th and the boys got 39th.
“The biggest strengths on the boys side has been numbers. We have a good sized team and that allows us to fill more events at most if the meets we’ve been to,” said head coach Keith Anderson. “On the girls side the biggest strength is experience. We have a lot of returning athletes to the team that have run at both The Drake Relays and at the state meet. These girls are able to encourage and lead the underclassmen.”
Team captains this year are seniors Hayden Vroom, Alex Veenstra, Josie Te Grotenhuis and junior Mary Kate Bandstra. They have enjoyed watching everyone on the team running faster and the hand offs getting cleaner, “I think the track team is doing well. It has been a crazy season with weather, but everyone has been adjusting and working hard,” said junior Mary Kate Bandstra. “It’s a blast to go to meet and win some medals and team titles. The moral is high and we are all ready for the final stretch!”