Training, Talent, Teamwork: Track and Field Team


Isabella Nunez

Track Season trains for tryouts and prepares for another successful season.

Elisa Ramirez and Isabella Nuñez

Ready, set, run! 

Most people believe that these three words represent the simplicity of Track and Field. However, it’s not as easy as it may seem. Track and Field is a sport that isn’t just about running fast.. It is about taking advantage of each athlete’s specific talent in running, jumping, throwing and sometimes even hurtling into the air. It is using that diversity to build a successful team. 

The Track and Field team is putting in a lot of effort and dedication in preparation for tryouts and the Spring 2022 season.  Practices began the week of January 10th and are held Monday through Thursday throughout the month of January.

“This is my first week of track and running in general. So far, I think it’s really fun and I have my friends to do it with me. I am hoping to make the team and do the hurdle events” sophomore Gabriela Roig said.

Between February and May, the track team competes in a number of meets. The location of the meets vary between Belen, Westminster and Tropical Park. The team’s first meet is on February 16th at Belen, marking the end of the pre-season training. 

“This is my second year training for the track team. My favorite event is the high jump and I am super excited to start the season,” junior Mia Iglesias said. 

Each team member is assigned to the events in which they excel. The mile (1600), 2 mile (3200), 800, 400, 200, and 100 meters are among the running events. There is a 4×100 relay, along with 200, 400, and 800 relays. There are additional hurdles for the 300m and 100m. Long jump, high jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put, discus, and javelin are also among the events.

“I am on the distance team, so I do the 1600, 400 and 800. I am most excited for hanging out with all my teammates and having fun and encouraging them during the races,” junior Olivia Lambert said.

During this time, prior to the season, the girls work strenuously in order to obtain their goals such as beating their personal record. 

“My ultimate goal this season is to beat my P.R. This is why pre-season conditioning is so important to me,” junior Paola Garcia says. “If I am able to reach my goal, I will be able to transition into the season confidently.”

Despite the athletes’ personal goals, as a team they strive to advance as much as possible. Last season, the team competed in the State Championship where they showcased their impressive talent: they medaled in a relay race, broke school records, and performed the second best discuss throw in Miami-Dade County. Maintaining the legacy, the track and field team this year shapes itself during pre-season as each athlete proves their dedication and commitment to the sport, as well as their teammates.