Smith-Cotton track is getting an early start on success.
Offseason track workouts started in November and have been preparing students for the upcoming season. The boys are the three-time defending West Central Conference champions and the girls are defending WCC champions. It takes a lot to accomplish the teams’ goals. Head Coach Brad Hagedorn organizes practices and keeps track of the athletes’ attendance. On a normal day, about 40 to 50 students participate in offseason workouts, which are held three times a week.
Many veterans show up to the workouts to make incoming athletes feel more comfortable. There are workouts for the different events in track, including throwers, sprinters, long sprinters and distance runners.
“Offseason workouts are to help develop a base, so athletes can be more focused on their event during the actual season,” Hagedorn said.
The workouts also help build strength and endurance. Senior Blaine Sarabia said: “Offseason workouts make me better as an athlete and I get to connect with the new athletes that come in. I feel more prepared than I ever have in the past for the upcoming season.”
Workouts are more organized and planned out this year, Sarabia added. Offseason workouts are geared toward getting in shape and ready for track, while in-season workouts are more technical and geared toward the events athletes participate in.
The bonds the athletes make in the offseason only make their team stronger. Upperclassmen try to communicate with their team, so when the season comes they’re already one big family.
“You get to know freshmen and it’s just nice to help them when they need help or are scared to ask the coaches about something,” said junior Ashley Grotzinger.
Keira Kinner is a student at Smith-Cotton High School.