Track season finally gets underway this weekend in Ephrata
Here comes the sun, doo-do-do-do.
With all respect to the Fab Four, there are few things less fab for a track team than to be cooped up indoors waiting for snow to melt and let the actual track be seen. Well, finally, this weekend, outdoor temperatures rose enough for a lot of the white stuff to go away and for the Quincy Track and Field to hold its first outdoor practice of the season.
The snow not only had canceled the team’s season opener, the traditional Ice Breaker in Ephrata, but also had kept the team at home for the Windbreaker in Mattawa, March 15, which did take place, minus the Jacks and Lady Jacks.
“We hadn’t had any practice time outdoors,” Quincy track coach Jon Barker said. “We weren’t going to have kids do hurdles or throw or jump (outdoors) if they had not done it yet.”
The season finally gets underway this weekend with the team traveling to Ephrata for the annual Ray Cross Invitational, this Saturday, and not a minute too soon.
“The kids wanna compete, they want to go out and compete,” Barker said, adding that when news of the scratched trip to Mattawa came out, it took the team a while to come around to the idea that it wasn’t in their best interest “to go out and compete when it’s super cold out.”
By the time the Ray Cross takes place, the team will have jumped, thrown and run outside, with the throwers using real implements instead of PVC pipes. runners will have run on real track and not on a basketball court’s hardwood floor, Barker has said.
At the Ray Cross, the goal is to keep everybody healthy and to get opening marks within distance of what they were last year, Barker said.
“It’s an invite, so we only get to take two per event,” said Barker, adding that only junior and senior athletes will make the trip.
“It’s not beneficial to take freshmen to their first meet and make them go up against 4A schools,” Barker said.
Events start around 10 a.m. in Ephrata.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org