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Tough to get started for outdoor track and field

April 3, 2013 - Pam Rodgers
The spring snow fall and cold temperatures has made it difficult to get the outdoor track season underway. My sister, who is the head girl track coach at Chariton High School, has already had three track meets cancelled this season. That’s not the way you want to get started (they were spoiled last spring).

With the tough start to the season, it makes me reflect upon my own track experiences since I first started in seventh grade. I have spent countless hours running around the GMG high school gym (and through the hallways) as my teammates and I waited for temperatures to get warm enough to be outside.

Indoor practices at the high school level never prepare you fully for the track season, especially when you are a thrower. You can do some indoor drills but nothing compares to actually being outside. I really hated indoor practices because I wasn’t able to do what I enjoyed most about track and field. That’s why whenever the snow was gone and the sun was shinning, we would go out to the throwing venue, no matter what temperature it was. That is why we had sweatshirts.

My coldest outside practices came from my college days. The Wartburg coaches had the philosophy that once it was outdoor season, we were outside. For the most part, it wasn’t an issue but there were some days in March we longed for our indoor facility. I guess when you’ve won as many conference and national titles as the Wartburg women's track and field team have, you tend to go with the flow and not complain (much).

Track is a great sport once the weather is nice. For my sister’s sake (and every other track team), I hope spring weather comes to stay very soon.



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