The weather has warmed up, and the track and field season is underway for the Wyverns. The varsity track and field team has six meets lined up on the schedule, matching up against schools such as Canterbury, Providence Country Day, Greens Farms Academy, and others.
Assistant Coach David Baker talked about how great it was to finally have a track and field season again, considering they only had two meets last year. “We haven’t had a real season since spring of 2019; it’s been three years,” he said, “so, a lot of learning happen last year.”
With track and field wielding a large roster, the team chemistry is quite important, and Coach Baker believes that the team works great together. “This team has an incredible history and lasting tradition of being really supportive of each other,” he said.
The other KO track coaches and track athletes feed off of the supportiveness of Head Coaches Alex Kraus and Tricia Watson. “When a sprinting event is happening, the distance people are cheering, when a distance event is happening, the sprinters are cheering,” Coach Baker said.
The varsity track and field teams have had only one meet so far against Wilbraham & Monson Academy and Pomfret, which took place on Saturday, April 9. The meet was an overall success for the team. Senior Co-captain Isaias Wooden won in the long jump event with a jump of 18 feet, 10 inches.
Coach Baker emphasized the incredible performance of the younger athletes who learned a lot and were able to set goals for the season ahead. Freshman Claire Palmer competed in the 1500-meter run and broke six minutes, which exceeded the expectations of the coaches. Coach Baker also discussed eighth-grader Tyler Brown, who secured third place with a jump of 17 feet. “It was a very good jump considering it’s so early in the season and his own development,” he said.
Veteran runners, who haven’t had a real season in three years, also had great days on the track and field. Senior Co-captain Olivia Reynolds ran the 400, the 800, and the 4 x 400, winning the 400 and placing in the 800 and having an excellent meet and start to the season. Overall, Coach Baker considered the meet a success, but of course, there are areas for the team to improve upon. “We have a lot of work to do on technique, but that will come along as the season progresses,” he said. “The meet was a really good day for competition with a lot learned and I’m excited to see where the season goes.”
The season continues with their next meet away at Suffield Academy on Wednesday, April 27.