By Vianney Mangyao
Spring sports season will soon be here. At Highland High School several spring sport teams have already begun conditioning to prepare for the upcoming competitions. Some of the teams include the boys and girls track and field. The track team is now having their practices after school at 3:00 pm at the track field here at Highland High School.
According to their distance coach Mr. Smith, the most exciting part about this year is that they have a lot of hardworking returning athletes. “I know they will give their best effort”, he commented. It is important for Coach Smith to motivate and encourage his athletes in order to do well during the meets. Due to their hard work at practice, the athletes know they are prepared to compete at their best.
The track team has high expectations for this new season. When asked if the team has an advantage against other schools, Coach Smith said, “We don’t have any advantage. The athletes just work hard.” In addition to that, Coach Smith believes that you must have good values as an athlete while racing or competing against other schools. He said “We try to instill hard work and believe that you will do your best, because you have put in the training.”
According to Coach Smith, some schools here in the Antelope Valley will be hard to beat, like Quartz Hill High School and Pete Knight High School. Coach Smith said, “Quartz Hill has a great distance team and pole vaulters. Pete Knight has an all-around great team.” However, Smith believes that they can win this year regardless.
Gabriella Gomez, a Senior who joined the track team said that they take their practices seriously in order to be well-prepared. “I work hard through our practices because I really want to race and do well on the meets.” Also, Gomez said track and field is really helping her to enhance her running abilities. “In track and field, not only do you get to compete with other schools, but it also helps you improve your running skills. I want to continue it when I get to college so I thought this would help me. It’s fun!”
If you want to be involved in sports activities here at our school, the track team is great and it is still open for try outs if you want to join! Interested athletes can fill out an athletic packet. Once you are cleared, practice starts at 3:00 pm after school at the track field.