Track season is upon us, and the dashing Deer look to gallop on to a district title. The first track meet will take place on February 19th for the boys at Pasadena Auxiliary Stadium, and February 12th at the North Campus track for the girls. It is the first meet on the road, leading to the district meets in April.
“I just hope for a great season with my team. If we work hard it’ll all pay off in the end,” senior Skylar Gonzales said.
The girls have been practicing in the afternoon everyday, in preparation for the season. It is a long hard grind that these girls anticipate will take them on to a district title. This reflects the attitude of the entire track program. They are all optimistic for this season.
Although Deer Park is not known as a “track school,” due to our lack of success in past years in this area, many of the athletes this year seem to believe otherwise.
“We could beat teams that have more talent than we do,” junior jumper Chase Hogan said.
Hard work is a staple in the identity of Deer Park track. The atmosphere around training is one of intensity and determination. And, the athletes expect this to translate into something big for this school, and city.
“Win state what else? Nothing else is acceptable,” senior thrower Lane Derrick said when asked about his expectations for the year.
It is an attitude seen across the board for this years squad.
“State, we got it in the bag baby,” Greg Vincent said, a similar response as his partner in crime, Derrick.
Vincent and Derrick see their talent taking them even farther than just state, as well.
“Starting my road to the Olympics is going to be tough, but it’ll be worth it when I have that gold around my neck,” Derrick said.
Furthermore, his counterpart is riding the same brainwave.
“I look to catch my teammate, Lane Derrick, as he strides for his Olympic run,” Vincent said.
So this season has the potential to be one for the ages as it is filled with the highest caliber athletes that Deer Park has to offer.