With spring just around the corner students are getting excited about the warm weather, blooming flowers, and track season. That’s right, outdoor track is starting up again, and this is something you’re gonna want to get excited about. Coaches and athletes alike are all looking forward to getting back into it.
Their main goal this season is to win a championship. Last year, boys took first place at the region and state championships. This year they’re hoping to keep that streak going and get the girls up there too.
Here at Davis the coaches like to emphasis the team component of track. In fact, coach Hyde always capitalizes the word TEAM in every email and message.
“We want to emphasis that it’s a team sport. It’s not really a team sport at other schools, but it is here,” coach Agnello commented.
That’s for sure, the track team really is a TEAM. Coach Agnello noticed this a few years ago when they had a disabled kid on the TEAM. He really wanted to pole vault, but he couldn’t use his arms or legs very well, and Agnello knew it would be dangerous. So coach made him a deal: if he could jump the track, then he could touch the pit. He practiced for a few weeks, really worked at it, until he finally got it. When he did, the whole team celebrated with him, and the pole vaulters cheered him on as he got to join them at the pole vault pit. Agnello realized that, “doing your best is better than being the best.”
These moments of support are common. When asked about when she realized this was a TEAM, Lindsey Bouwhuis said, “The last relay race at Simplot or State. We’re all cheering on the racing athletes regardless of our own event groups, shouting until we’ve all lost our voices, chanting together so loudly you can’t even hear the announcer. We all share in the excitement and adrenaline of the race.”
Whether it be cheering each other on at meets, pushing each other at practice, or all coming together to honor and remember Thomas Hogan, this is a TEAM. This is a TEAM that you’re going to want to be a part of.