Pain, Soreness, and Success: 2015 Track Season Off to a Great Start
Walking into school last Monday, you probably noticed the large group of sunburned students. If you’d looked a little closer you might have noticed the lines of red perfectly outlined the EPHS track singlet shape. That can mean only one thing: track season has officially started.
On Saturday March 21, Estes Park High School’s track team traveled to Greeley for the first meet of the season. Dozens of athletes from a range of events set personal bests including Ivy Todd, Lily Tomasula Martin, Dylan Zurfluh, and Tanner Stark to name a few.
“My goals for this season are to set PRs (personal records) in all of my events and take at least one state title,” said Lily Tomasula Martin, a sophomore who runs the 4×400 and 4×800 relays as well as the individual 1600 and 3200. Tomasula Martin set herself one step closer to her goal by beating her previous 3200 time by twelve seconds setting her first PR of the season.
In fact, all four of the athletes mentioned above PRed at the last meet. Todd, a pole vaulter, said, “I got involved in pole vaulting because of my sister.” Laurel Todd, who graduated last year, set the school record at 10′ 3”. Todd is following in her footsteps and as a sophomore has already reached eight feet. “My goal this season is to have fun, but doing well at league and state would be nice.”
Zurfluh, a sophomore who had a double PR in Greeley, said, “I’ve always loved running and been super good at it. I think the team will do really well this year. A bunch of really strong new kids just joined and will play a big role in our success.” In Greeley, Zurfluh led the boys distance team, pulling out a 4:53 mile time and 10:34 two mile.
For Stark track is a competitive outlet. “My goal is to run a 52 second 400,” said Stark. His PR in Greeley was just three seconds short.
The upcoming season looks to be one for the record books and a year of development to build even stronger teams as the freshmen and sophomore classes go through high school.
“It takes pain and continuous soreness to get success,” said Zurfluh, and success it will be for the 2015 Estes Park track team.