Tyler Track Pacing Toward Future
MIDDLEBOURNE – Silver Knights’ Track Coach Brenna Haggerty said the team has shown improvement three meets into the season.
Tyler Consolidated’s boys team captured first place honors while the Lady Knights placed second last week in a WTTL quad meet at home against Magnolia, River, Cameron and Paden City. For results, see runwv.com.
“I think the team has shown improvements over the past two meets.,” Haggerty said. “It is always hard when it is this early in the season. I think the runners are adjusting to the pace you run in practice versus race pace. I have also noticed that our sprinters have made adjustments to their starts. Overall, the runners have seemed more focused as the meets continue.”
Many athletes participate in multiple events. For example at the WTTL meet on March 29 , Trent Shepherd, a junior, not only ran the 100-meter dash, which he won with a time of 11.4 seconds, but he was a member of the 4X100 relay and 4X200 relay teams. Katelyn Gogan competed in multiple events ranging from the 100-meter hurdles, which she won with a time of 17.3 seconds, but the team’s award winning 4X100 relay team which placed first.
“I like for runners to compete in multiple events,” Haggerty said. “It helps them get into race shape and allows us as coaches to see what our runners can be successful at as well as see how our runners can help out the team.”
Speed takes time to build – one step after another. Haggerty said improvement is measured not so much at the beginning of the season as it is toward the end.
“It is early right now, so you don’t see a huge difference,” she said. “I think we will see the speed come as the season progresses.”
Haggerty said the sprinters focus not only speed, but the basics which include strength training so that they develop an all-around form.
“All of the sprinters combine explosive speed and weight training into their weekly workout plan,” she said. “The sprinters work on speed twice a week on the track and lift at least once a week. They also have days they focus on individual events. All of the sprinters’ workouts are specifically designed to improve all aspects of their race.”
Because of there were so few women competing in the distance races, the boys and girls competed together in the mile – which is not uncommon. Jahnvi Duncan, a sophomore, ran a steady stride that wavered little lap to lap in the 4-lap mile race. She took home first place with a time of 6:15 minutes – a full 15 seconds ahead of the second place runner, Caitlyn McCurdy of Cameron, who crossed the finish line with a time of 6:30 seconds. Incidentally, Destry Nelson, a freshman, captured third place with a time of 5:40 minutes.
“I like combining boys and girls at league meets,” Haggerty said. “I think it challenges the runners to push harder. It allows them to work harder and figure out race strategies that work for them.”