For the second consecutive season, the Red Hawk boys track team completed the league dual season, undefeated, at 7-0. By beating Sparta 83-54 and Comstock Park 87-50, the Hawks will enter the conference meet seeded number one. The conference meet will make up the second half of the league season. The boys also finished with an overall record of 10-1.
During the meet, a fourth school record was established this season as junior pole vaulter AJ Olszewski broke his own school record, set earlier in the season. His new mark of 14’ puts him in an elite group of area vaulters. “This kid has put in so much extra time to make him and his coaches better. Coach Fournier and I have had to work harder at the technical aspects of the vault and poles. We have learned so much more by doing extra things with AJ and our three other vaulters this past off season,” commented Coach Myers.
The Hawks began their quest for a perfect league record by winning three of the four relays. Besides winning the pole vault, they won both of the hurdle events, the high jump, and the 100 and 200m dashes, along with the three distance races. The boys placed seconds in the long jump and 400m dash.
“We would like to have seen better performances in the long jump, 800m relay, and the throws, but we realize that four events don’t make up an entire meet. We were not disappointed with the outcome at all, but we cannot relax,” noted Myers. “We have to realize that improving at this time of the season is the only way to advance on. This was the last meet that the entire team competed at. From here until June 5th, you can only continue competing if you meet qualifying standards. We have to be totally focused on doing every little thing we can to improve ourselves to help the team win a conference and regional title. There are a lot of boys who still have the bitter taste in their mouths from last year’s conference meet loss, and are beginning to understand the work ethic and attitude needed to move on,” he said.
A group of ninth and tenth graders will head to Lakeview for the Wildcat JV Invite on Monday, while the varsity group prepares for the conference finals on Thursday and Friday at Sparta High School.