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You Can’t Flirt with Track, You Must Marry It

Last year's track team taking 4th place at State.

Last year's track team taking 4th place at State.

Cyrriah Lampkin, Reporter

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As the days get warmer, it’s a fact that track season is quickly approaching.This year’s track team is looking forward to a great year. Last year four boys went to state, and this year the team is hoping to send even more.

“No sports team has been in the top 4 since 2000, our goal is to finish a little bit better than last year but that’s tough. It’s not going to be easy,” said Tim Levine, the head Varsity coach.

The dedication, determination, and hard work required by all members of the team proves how tough it’s going to be.  Running track isn’t for the weak- you can’t compete half-heartedly.  You can’t want it some days and not others.  You can’t flirt with track, you must marry it.

“Last year we had a great team and I loved the environment; they were like a second family to me,” said BJ Croft, senior.  But he’s not dwelling on the past, and he plans to give his all to this year’s team.

The dedication required can be seen in the fact that most of the runners have been involved in track since middle school.

“I’ve also run Amateur Athletic Union- AAU track over the summer. I started back when I was in 7th grade,” said Devin Jamison, senior.

Erion Stevenson has been running since the 5th grade.  Vicario Upchurch started in the 6th.

No matter the outcome of this season, many of the runners intend to continue running track in college.  Croft plans to attend Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Stevenson is headed all the way to California to run for Santa Monica Junior College.
 This year’s track team is very excited to start their season. They will be looking for greater accomplishments. Everyone is look forward to seeing what they have in store for 2017, and with Levine as head coach, success is in their future.  Jamison said, “I think last year was one of the best seasons our school has had because of our coach, he trained us properly.”

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