This spring, the Track and Field team started out fast, winning the first four meets against Woodside, San Mateo, Capuchino, and Carlmont. The team is one of the strongest in the Peninsula Athletic League and the runners are looking forward to a season of personal records. Senior captains Lina Kamb and Drew Maxwell are working hard to make sure everybody on the team is prepared for the season ahead.
With over 100 runners on the team, Maxwell says it is important to be “patient and have a relaxed attitude because that way, people are more willing to cooperate.”
The team practices every day after school, with an optional practice every Saturday morning. There are various coaches that train the athletes in specific events and all the team members work with them to find skills in which they excel. Senior Mackenzie Schoustra works with Coach Chris, who specializes in hurdles and sprints. Last year, Schoustra went to State championships and placed 20th in the California State Championships for the 300 meter Hurdles.
Schoustra says that she is “hoping to break [her] PRs [personal records], for both the 100 m. Hurdles and 300 m. Hurdles.”
Although Track is an individual sport, everybody is very supportive of one another because the team trains together. All the runners warm up together at the beginning of each practice and have group meetings with the coaches. Likewise, at meets, the team cheers at each event for both individual races and relays.
For Maxwell, his “coaches and teammates encourage [him] the most. They provide good moral support that pushes [him] to give effort when needed.”
This year, the has has been fortunate enough to have a roster dominated by seniors.
Schoustra will primarily be missing her “teammates and cheering them on at the meets.” She is planning on running track in college so she, “won’t be missing out on running hurdles any time soon.”
Some of Maxwell’s “best memories at BHS came during track season.” Despite being initially reluctant to join the team, he now says, “doing track was the best thing that happened to me in high school.”
As the year comes to an end, make sure to come out and support the track team every Thursday.