Hitting the ground running: West Jessamine track has high hopes for 2014 season

Josh Preston

As the weather begins to warm up yet again, track runners at West Jessamine begin to warm up and prepare for their upcoming track season.

The team, consisting of both boys and girls (competing in separate events), has already begun conditioning and are hard at work with tri-weekly training sessions. In the weeks to come, the team will begin every day post-school practices in preparation for their first meet. Though relatively young in some areas, the Colts’ track team, coached by Aaron Reynolds and Caleb McDaniel, hopes to continue building off the success they’ve experienced in years prior.

“It’s hard to set expectations for the team right now because we have a lot of new runners, and we won’t know how they will fare until after the first meet,” senior runner Gavin Davis said on his expectations for the team this year.

“We hope to have a lot of people on the team qualify for state,” senior runner Allison Lyon said. “I think our distance team is pretty solid and our boys can really work together well in the relays. Personally, I’d like to qualify [for state] in the 800 meter.”

Come spring, the team will compete in weekly meets showcasing a host of long distance events (800m, 1600m, 4x800m), short distance events (100m, 200m, 400m, 4x200m, 110m hurdles, 4x400m, 300m hurdles) and field events (shot put, turbo javelin, discus, long jump, high jump, pole vault).

Juniors Kenneth Wireman, Joe Bandy and Keith Harmon, as well as senior Joseph Kang are expected to be the boys’ team’s most experienced short-mid distance runners while junior Jesse Seales and senior Gavin Davis are the most seasoned long-distance runners on the team.

As far as the girls go, the most accustomed distance runners are expected to be sophomores Abby Davis and Meg Chaffin as well as senior Allison Lyon. The girls’ team’s sprinters are fairly young, but junior Susanna McDaniel could “do very well in the hurdles,” according to Lyon.

Though fairly raw and young, the team, under the leadership of returning juniors and seniors, has high aspirations for the upcoming season. Stay tuned for results!

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