Northwest indoor track races to successful start


Northwest track members cheer on their teammate during a race. This was the first meet of the winter track season.

Before the bell rings, the track team leaves class at 3:15 and make their way up to the bus parking lot. The bus leaves around 4:30 to the JDL Fast Track in Winston Salem, where all the track meets are held.

The first thing the track members do is sign in, get their spikes checked, and start warming up for their event. In between events, the track members like to socialize with each other and with other teams. The meet starts at 5 p.m. and the last event starts at 8:30 p.m.

The shot goes off and the first race begins.

“The indoor track is half the size of the outdoor track,” senior Diana Leib said.

Since the indoor track is smaller than the outdoor track, the runners have to run more laps on it compared to practice.

For the most part, members of the track team go to their events on their own, listening closely to the events that are called so they do not miss their event.

There are many events like the pole vault, hurdles, 4 x 400m, 100m, shot put and more.

Other than being in an indoor track, the biggest difference between winter and spring track according to senior Justin Fuchs is the competition.

“There’s a lot less competition for indoor than outdoor,” Fuchs said. “It’s a good and bad thing because I’ve won states twice and nationals twice for indoor but I like having a challenge when I compete.”

Even though the meets are in an indoor track, practices are held outside on the track at school. The track members alternate between running outside and lifting weights inside the weight room depending on what their events are.

For many athletes, indoor track is a way to keep them in shape between sports seasons or to prepare for spring track and they have fun while they do it.