By Gwendolyn Fruehauf, SGI Student Reporter

With so many sports to choose from, why choose track?

The indoor track season began on Nov. 17 and will end on March 3, provided that a member of the team attends states. So far this year, the team has attended three meets in December and one in January. From now through the end of the season, they will compete almost every weekend.

There are an estimated 50 athletes, from 7th through 12th grades, on the team and they all participate in various events. These events include distance running, dashes, hurdles, relays, throwing, and jumping.

For distance running, athletes can sign up for the 2 mile, 1 mile, or the 1500 meter race walk.

Mid-distance events include the 1,000 meters, 600 meters, 300 meter dash, 55 meter dash, and 55 meter hurdles.

There are three different relays: the 4 by 8, the 4 by 4, and the 4 by 2.

Although track may traditionally be associated with running, there are alternative field events. Members can throw the weight throw or shot put or choose to do the pole vault, high jump, long jump, or triple jump. Being that there are many diverse opportunities, students can explore their interests and try new events.

When asked about the team’s strengths, head coach Joseph Marvin said, “There are quite a few events and we have a lot of different strengths.” He added that, “They are a pretty well-rounded team.”

Having many younger distance athletes on the team, he predicts that there are going to be some “very, very good distance runners” in the future.

Christopher Elkins, a tenth grader, comments on the experience of being on the team. “Overall, track is a fun sport,” he says. “Everyone complains about the running, but they all love it.”

Although this is his first year running indoor track, he has participated in outdoor track since seventh grade. He says that track “definitely helps for (other) sports,” such as football, explaining that, “when you run the longer distances in track, it makes the shorter distance of running football a ton easier.”

In total, there are three coaches for the team: Joseph Marvin, Chad Russell, and Coach Yarger. Russell usually works with the longer distance runners and oversees the core workouts with the team before practice. Marvin will help members with shorter sprints and Yarger assists the team with hurdles.

As for the team, their workouts vary from day to day. “Some days (they) run the halls, other days (they) practice events,” Elkins explains. “It’s different every day.”

Although athletes may succeed in their respective events, how do they really feel about running? Elkins mentions that he doesn’t see track as an obligation at all.  “It’s a fun distraction, without a doubt,” he says. He loves the challenge and says he likes “being able to win events…..just the adrenaline of it. It’s fun!”