Track kicks off season with inaugural meet

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Photo by Christian Leach

Christopher Bell pole vaults at the SHS Opening Track Meet. He earned a fourth-place finish.

STARKVILLE, Miss., Feb. 25, 2020 – The Starkville High School Track team kicked off the season with their inaugural meet this Tuesday at Jacket stadium. The boys’ and girls’ teams each competed against four schools and both won. They hosted West Point, Columbus, Caledonia and the Mississippi School for Math and Science.

Christopher Bell is a Sophomore who competed in pole vault, 3200 meter, 800 meter and 4×400 meter relay. “I love the competitiveness of track. It is really satisfying to compete against other people and your previous times. I really love the strong bond that the team holds,” Bell said.

He, along with many others, have run and worked together since middle school. The team has grown since then and are held to high expectations by coaches and time standards. The meet, being so early in the season, is just a portion of the team’s full potential.

“We do a mix of distance runs, long runs and workouts. Lately we’ve been building up our mileage to develop our endurance. Later in the season we will transition into speedier workouts,” Bell said.

Workouts vary between the different running groups but have been planned by Tory Reeves, the boys’ head coach. Sprinters focus on their bursts of speed and relays. Long and mid distance focus on their endurance and normally consist of quick, repetitive runs. They also go on long, timed runs around Starkville.

“I’ve loved getting to challenge myself and being a part of such a supportive team. It has definitely helped me. Track and running in general takes a lot of effort and perseverance,” said senior runner Caroline Nobles.

Nobles has run for five years and competed in pole vault, 1600 meter, 4×800 meter relay and the 800 meter race which she placed first in. The girls’ team proved they are ready for this season with impressive finishes.

“It’s been hard to prepare with all the rain lately, but whenever we have been able to practice, we’ve made the most of our time. We’ve worked as hard as we can on our workouts,” Nobles said.

While both teams have struggled with the weather, both came out of the blocks full speed capturing the wins. With the season young, both teams look to extend their records. Their next meet is scheduled in New Albany March 5, 2020.