BY CHRISTEN COOL
Room 210 Staff Writer
(Note: This is the first in a series of track diary entries by SMS eighth grader and Room 210 staff member Christen Cool.)
On March 20, 2007, South will have its first track meet at Junge Stadium. There will be about 75 to 100 middle school students running for the top spot to be number one.
Any coach will tell you not to eat very much before a race unless you believe it's good the second time around. You have students running and jumping their hearts out for the number one spot.
The meet will feature everything from the 100 to the mile in running to long jump to pole vaulting in the jumping. At the track meets, there are both seventh and eighth graders of both genders there.
Kelley Leach is one of our throwers. She throw both shot put and discus. James Mitchell runs the 800 meter; that's a hard race to run. They say the hardest race is the 400; one lap easy right? It's not as easy it looks. You have to be able to sprint one lap. That's a lot of work. The easy race to run would, of course, be the 100- one straight away.
Track is a team sport but it's also a self sport, you could say. It's a team sport by giving your team a win and it's a self sport because you are seeing how hard you can push yourself for that win to make your team, your coaches, your family, but most importantly yourself happy. Track pushes you in speed, distance, how much you want and in mind. So we shall see who has what it takes and who does not.