The coaches working with the Woodmore track athletes are hoping to increase participation in indoor track this year.
These athletes began weightlifting, running workouts, and throwing practice in the middle of November and are looking strong. Indoor track is not a team sport but an opportunity for an individual to gain personal growth and qualify for state because there are no district or regional meets.
Track athletes practice by running the halls and doing strengthening drills in the small gym at the high school. Some athletes travel to local colleges, like Bowling Green State University, to use facilities better able to equip their needs.
Competitions are held at various colleges throughout the next couple of months. For some athletes, this is the first time they have participated in this venue.
“This is my first time going out for indoor track, and I’m very excited to see how well I can better myself for spring,” said junior Malachi Brown.
For some athletes, this is another opportunity to improve skills.
“I want to achieve a personal record in the spring and make it to state in discuss, hammer and shot put. I’m focused on winning the league conference,” said senior Megan Pendleton, who competed in the discus (114 feet, 8 inches) to finish in 11th place of 16 throwers at the OHSAA State Track and Field Championship last spring.
Some athletes set high expectations for themselves in indoor track.
“I hope to improve on my speed, so I can win state in the spring. Indoor track is a good way in the preseason to be able to achieve that,” said senior Andrew Shrewsbury, who placed fifth in the 200 meter dash and sixth in the 100 meter dash at the OHSAA State Track Championship last spring.
These athletes are coached by Brian Ryman, Britton Diever and Mike Pendleton. The indoor meets began in December.
(Reprinted with permission from Window To Woodmore, the school’s student newspaper.)