Racing to Get Ahead
by Ashley Snider
When it comes to track and field, Lake has some of the most outstanding athletes. But why not have more? Each day provides an opportunity to become better and stronger. In preparation for the 2012 season, head coach, Matt Pinion, gets his athletes ready and in-shape…three months early.
“The athletes will perform better when they can start the season ready for their events. Athletes who have been training will start at a higher level, and finish at a higher level, than those athletes who wait to train at the start of the season,” says Coach Pinion.
The team is excited to start early. In December, athletes are advised to lift in the weight room three days a week. In the months following, it’s recommended that everyone participating in the season attends conditioning and continues to lift as well.
“Expectations are high for the athletes to attend who are not participating in a winter sport. Those who want to perform well, need to prepare well,” Coach Pinion states.
Track and field may not be a contact sport, but it definitely takes hard work and dedication to bring home the gold.
“Accomplishments in life are not just handed to you; you have to work hard and have perseverance throughout the obstacles. That’s why it's called an accomplishment," says Karli Oprian, one of Lake High School’s best track and field athletes.
She holds the record at Lake for the 100 and 200 meter dash, along with the 4x100 meter relay with three other teammates. In the spring of her junior year, she placed 8th in 100 meter and 7th in the 200 meter in the State Meet. As a senior this year, she’s sure to go farther than she ever has before, speeding past the finish line with no one in sight each time.
While the team prepares for the start of their season in March, they also have other things to focus on in the meantime. There are plenty of indoor track meets located at Akron and Kent University to keep the athletes busy during the off-season.
“Indoor meets are a way to see how much they have improved from last season. Indoor meets are also a way to find out what is needed to work on before the regular season. It is nice to see good results from indoor meets, but is not required to perform well during the outdoor season.” says Coach Pinion.
This upcoming season is sure to be a great one. The team has high aspirations, and is sure to have many first place finishes.