By Gene Helfman
You may have noticed it’s been cold, wet and windy. That’s what the nine-person Lopez track team has faced during its training sessions this spring. And yet the students have run, jumped, and thrown in hopes of improvement and securing a competitive spot in the District meet on May 11.
These efforts finally bore fruit under sunny skies at the 10-school Mt. Vernon meet on April 11. Personal best times and distances were turned in by Miguel Velazco (200-meter dash), Jana Gruenwald (100-meter high hurdles), Galen Westervelt (1600-meter run), and Ryan Schaefer (shotput). Coach Mike Hanby congratulated the team for their efforts, with encouragement for the future.
“Many kids are embracing the world’s greatest sport,” he said. “I am pleased with what we are doing this season.” Hanby sees developing and surprising potential as he and the athletes discover abilities they never knew they had. He counts among the team students who are, “talented and tough … with potential for qualifying for state in several events.”
He’s especially hopeful about putting together 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams, always the most exciting events at any track meet.
All competitions are held away because of the condition of the Lopez track. Upcoming meets include Coupeville on April 24, Anacortes on May 3, and Districts on May 11 at the now-familiar Mt. Vernon facility. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged.