The Kayhi track team has had a week of full practice into this years season. The Kings have been training hard in the offseason, running through the Kayhi halls, ad hitting the field every other day. Coming off their first region title in 20 years (beating Thunder Mountain by 1 point), the Kings are eager to get after it again, but repeating will be difficult.
Head coach Alex Pennino expects big things from senior Brendan Wong, the former region champion.
“Wong was a region champion at the shot put, and placed in the discus,” said Pennino. “I think we are going to see a strong season out of him.”
Pennino also is also expecting a breakout season from senior Justice Yoder, who put up big points for the Kings in the regional tournament last year.
“He is pretty raw. Hopefully this year he will get more throws in and perfect his form,” said Pennino. “He should be a force to be reckoned with.”
Coach Pennino has had teams that were much more talented than the one he had last year. Nevertheless, they were able to pull off the win against TM. He said that the team will need to find new runners if they want to be competitive again this year.
“We didn’t really have any outstanding athletes, I had no idea how we would do at regions,” said Pennino. “Everyone just pulled together and we did very well, and ultimately came out on top.”
Brendan wong has put hard work into increasing his distance in the shot put and disc throw, and is excited to see how he will do in the first meet.
“In my opinion, the first meet will set the tone for the rest of the season for me,” said Wong. “I am really excited for this season.”
Crist Carlson, a region champion last year, is hoping to shave 2 seconds off of his 110m hurdle. He is hopeful that the team can win back to back region titles. Because some valuable seniors have graduated, it will make regions more challenging.
“I think my chances to win regions back to back are very high,” said Carlson. “I am hopeful that we can win regions back to back, but it will be a tough battle against TM.”
The girls track team placed 2nd overall at regions last year.
Junior Ashley Cyr has been working hard in the offseason to prepare for the season.
“I definitely think I will improve this year because I have been running on my own,” said Cyr. “I have also worked hard on eating much healthier and stretching often.”
Sophomore Rachel Knight, who competed at state last year in the 400 meter dash, is feeling the pressure this year because of her past accomplishments.
“I believe that I can reach the goals I have set to get myself to state this year,” said Knight. “However, I know this year there will be more competition which will make this goal harder to accomplish.”
The Kings first track meet is April 19-20 at home.
Laura Kinunan – Long distance coach.
Alex Pennino (Head Coach) – Sprinting and mid distance.
Michael Rhoads: Throwing
Rick Shaner: Hurdles
Shelly Tradel : Jumping