Boys Track Makes Indoor Debut, Dodges Weather for Outdoor Season

Gordon Tuomikoski, Contributor

The Glenwood Boys Track team is off and running this year despite the inclement weather conditions and no home track to use due to complex construction. Despite this, the team is doing fine.

“The weather has been affecting everyone’s practice throughout the state, so in that respect, we’re no further behind than anyone else,” said boys track Coach Mark Starner. “The gym is not an ideal place to train everyday, but we’re doing the best we can with what we have and we’ll continue to try to improve everyday.”

Practices have been in the auxiliary gym every day until the weather gets better.
“We want to make sure that our footing is secure,” said Starner. “Not necessarily just snow, ice and slush, but pavement that is free of sand, rocks and other debris that might cause an athlete to lose footing can easily cause an injury.”

The Boys Track team competed at Buena Vista University on March 15.

“It was good to actually get on a track, run in some spikes and compete against other schools,” said Starner.  “It was a good measuring stick to see where we are and what we need to improve on. “

Senior Zach Vondra who is primarily a short distance runner ran the 200 meter dash and 4×200 relay at BVU.

“I think our 4×200 ran alright for being our first race of the year,” said Vondra. “Our handoffs were not the greatest but they will get better. In my 200 I got second overall, and I felt pretty good about that. I feel like I can run a lot faster throughout the season.”

Senior Parson Covington is a distance runner on the track team. He ran the 800 meter and 4×800 relay.

“We were excited to get our 4×800 back on the track after a bit of a disappointing season last year. It felt great to get back on the track and I felt that our opening race reflected our training pretty well,” said Covington. “We’re ready to start beating times and push towards our goals.”

The Rams will continue their season tonight at Creston for the Hawkeye Ten Southern Division meet.