From a workaholic long-distance runner to a classical music-loving sprinter, here are 8 track and field athletes to watch this season
The Anchorage Daily News caught up with some of the top athletes from the Cook Inlet Conference athletic schools last week. The list includes a long-distance runner, a classical music-loving sprinter, a soccer pitcher and a hurdler who has been training for her events since the fall.
The school: West
Top event: 1600
Other events: 3200
What Head Coach Antonio Wyche said: “She’s a self-reliant athlete, she’s a workhorse. She decides to come to the track even when we don’t have to be there. She works extremely hard, trains extremely hard, maybe a little anxious before races, but I think she’s just a great athlete who wants to be super competitive.
What she said: “My favorite race is the mile. I like it because it’s a bit of a slower pace which is good because you’re relaxed for the half and the last part is quite exciting.
Favorite workout/warm-up music: “For Victory”, by Slim Dinero. “It’s a bit R-rated just a warning,” Smith warned.
The school: East
Top event: 300 hurdles
Other events: 100 meters hurdles, 100
Which head coach Christina Shurtleff mentioned: “She didn’t get the results she wanted from the state last year, so she’s been training since October to make up for those so she can hopefully win the state in four trials.”
What she said: “I’ve been training three days a week since October and now I’m training every day of the week for the season. I started off the track having fun, but now it’s something I want to take to the next level and I’m serious.
Favorite workout/warm-up music: “I kind of try to clear my mind as much as possible,” Mamae said. “I like to think about the things I need to focus on during the race to get over obstacles as quickly as possible.
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The school: Bartlett
Top event: Shot Put, Discus
Other events: 100
What throwing coach Laura Homan said: “He’s a consistent pitcher and is very good at what he does. He excels in discus and shot put and he is a runner.
What he said: “For me, it’s better than football, but I still love football just as much. I try not to be too cocky, but it’s good to be the best pitcher in Alaska.
Favorite workout/warm-up music: Gospel and worship music
The school: Diamond
Top event: 3200
Other events: 1600, 800
What distance coach Nate Normandin said: “He worked hard and is one of the kids you wouldn’t think of as an athlete. He works so hard that he’s become a phenomenal great athlete.
What he said: “I’ve grown to love it, especially in the last few years since COVID started. It’s kind of like an escape from what’s going on. I’ve grown to love the sport.
Favorite workout/warm-up music: “I like to talk to myself before a race and say ‘You get it. Go for that best time and it worked for me,'” Gardiner said.
Grade: Second year
The school: Eagle River
Top event: 110 meters hurdles
Other events: 300 hurdles, 100
What he said: “Your final mark is the finish line but you have these barriers that are in front of you. I am attacking these barriers. That is my goal. My goal is not the finish line, my goal is hedges.
Favorite workout/warm-up music: Country. “Sometimes I’ll just go and listen to country music,” Szewcyk said. “Sometimes during practice we’ll incorporate these Disney songs, because why not, it’s always fun.”
The school: A service
Top event: 800
Other events: 400 long jump
What she said: “I couldn’t keep up with the pace of a sprint, but I’m in pretty good shape thanks to cross-country. To do the 800, you have to be fit and fast. »
Favorite workout/warm-up music: Megan you stallion
The school: Chugiak
Top event: 100
Other events: 4×100, 200
What he said: “I’m just trying to get my times as low as possible so I can go for a sub-11-100 towards the end of the season. It would be something really special and just having a few wins under my belt would be really nice.
Favorite workout/warm-up music: Classic. “Really low-key,” Bailey said. “Bach is good, symphonic stuff and group music.”
The school: South
Top event: 800
Other events: 400
What she said: “I like the last lap, the last 300m, I really like that part of the race. I just like kicking the last 300m and getting to the finish line. The other races are not not like that, it’s quick and fast.
Favorite workout/warm-up music: Taylor Swift