This season, while track runners are jumping, sprinting, and practicing, I will be behind the scenes acting as assistant coach. I will help the Coach Thiel and Coach Mendoza take attendance during practices, help set up cones and hurdles, time runners, run errands as needed, and make sure the runners are ready at meets.
This is not my first experience with track, but it is my first experience with track at a high school level. During my seventh grade year I competed as a shotput thrower. I enjoyed being a part of a team, but I really liked competing individually because my teammates would cheer me on, even if I did poorly at events.. Competing individually did not give me the pressure of being at the skill level of my teammates in the same category. I was the only person on the team who was a 7th grade shotput throwing, so I just focused on improving my skills as a thrower without comparing myself to everyone else.
Track made me want to push myself to do better and improve to the standards I had for myself. Though at times I wanted to give up, I was motivated to become better by seeing my teammates improve each and every day, and I wanted to improve just as they were and not let them down. My coaches pushed me to do better than I would have thought capable, and showed me that winning wasn’t everything, just that you improve. Even if I didn’t do well in my event. I enjoyed watching my teammates compete, cheering them on from the sidelines and being able to share the opportunity with them. Even though we competed in separate events individually, we were all apart of one team.
Before track season began, I started thinking whether I should participate in track as a runner and/or thrower. I felt that I would hold the team back if I were to participate, because I am not that athletic in the aspect of running. I wanted to participate in an extracurricular activity since colleges would be looking at what I did outside of school. I remember the experience I had as a competitor and that I had a good time, I wanted to recreate that experience without having to compete. So I talked to an upperclassmen who I knew had experience on the high school track team in the past, and told her that I wanted to participate in track but not compete. She suggested that I be assistant coach for the team instead of running. I went to Coach Brown with this suggestion, and she liked the idea.
As assistant coach and reporter, I want to provide readers of the Polaris Press with a behind-the-scenes look at our high school track team. By doing features on star athletes, provide live coverage via social media during meets, relaying results of the meet, publishing sports photography, updating on upcoming meets, and just see how the team is doing this season. I hope to keep my readers informed about this season’s track team.