Men’s Varsity track team has 13 scheduled meets stretching from March 31 to May 27.
“The team is less connected than usual. Each event group (sprints, distance, throws) is split up from the rest of the team to keep the numbers of people around each other down. That has made it more difficult to develop great team chemistry, although our team has adjusted very well,” sprint coach Tim Levine said.
The Track team has several precautions because of COVID such as wearing masks at all times and social distancing from other schools while at meets.
“Although we are able to run without the masks on, masks make the sport more difficult. Putting a mask on right after you run is one of the last things that you are thinking of,” Levine said.
All runners are allowed to race and drink/eat without masks but are required to wear masks at all times otherwise.
The men’s track team has several leaders, but some that may stand out include seniors Naejuan Fisher and Stephen Cooper.
“Both great leaders and track athletes. They have done a great job of developing and teaching the younger athletes on the team and are the two fastest athletes on the team and in the St. Louis area,” Levine said.
Both Fisher and Cooper also play on the Varsity football team.
A positive on the men’s track season is that all the athletes feel safe with the precautions placed.
Freshman sprinter Peyton Miller mainly runs the 100 meter, 200 meter, 4×100 meter relay and the 4×200 meter relay.
“Running track with the impact of COVID changes the sport because there are less runners than normal,” Miller said.
“Practice and meets feel safe because athletes are outside, wearing masks and taking the necessary precautions,” Levine said.
“I am always looking for ways to test their mental toughness and dedication to the sport. Even early on, it becomes clear what athletes are serious about trying to get better and what athletes might not be able handle the physical and mental demands of track and field,” Levine said.
The next varsity Track & Field meet is Sunday, April 24, at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School.
This will be Calum Shank’s first year on ECHO staff, but he made several contributions while taking journalism class his freshman year.
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