Track and field eyes district meet

With just one week until the district tournament, the Spartan track and field team attended the GAC meet Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7. This meet would be the last to help gear up for the meet that signifies the beginning of the postseason.

The girls team held its own in a field of eight teams, but were only able to finish sixth overall. However, the team saw its 4×800 meter relay place fifth overall and also its 4×200 meter relay finish second. Senior Lydia Rudigier showed that she could be a force in the district tournament by placing third individually in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. For Rudigier, this was fun, but she knows that this week is the time to settle in and make the most of her talents.

“This week, it won’t be about times,” said Rudigier. “It will be about getting one of those places in sectionals. That is all that matters now.”

The boys track team also was able to show some of its strengths during the GAC meet last Thursday and Friday. The boys placed first overall in the 4×800 meter relay, fourth in the 4×100 meter relay and fifth in the 4×200 meter relay. Individually, the boys watched as junior Zachary Taylor placed second overall in the open 800 meter. According to senior Mike Daniels, the team has improved a lot since last season, and they hope that it will show during the district meet.

“We have gotten so much better from last year,” said Daniels. “Last year, we didn’t get a single sprint medal and this year we have gotten a ton of them.”

Daniels feels that it is a big time during the season, and he has looked to coaching advice to help cool the nerves. According to Daniels, Head Coach Travis Wilson has told him that it is all about confidence.

“Go out there and know that you will better your times,” said Wilson. “Worry about bettering yourself and you will.”

This weekend the Spartans will embark on the quest to state, and they hope to make it as far as they can.