Track and Field consists of acquiring endurance, perseverance, and agility. Students such as Gabrielle Martin (’17) change their field events mid season having to adapt to all of the new skill changes.
“I was afraid to try pole vaulting, but my friend encouraged me to try something new. I ended up falling in love with it,” Martin said.
If students want to change their field events, they speak with their coach to determine their eligibility for the event. Students not only prepare physically for their new events, but also mentally.
“Physically I do a lot of stretching and running to keep fit for my specific event, 300 meter hurdles. Mentally, I try to tell myself before my event to try my best and with practice I’ll get better,” Nurah Koney-Laryea (’17) said.
Coaches can even change students out of their preferred event if it could benefit the team. Sometimes making those split second decisions can either make or break how a student preforms on and off the track.
“During a race you just have to do what is right and what can get achieved. It benefits me because at the end of the day I feel more confident knowing that I made the correct decision,” Koney-Laryea said.
Athletes have to adapt to changes with expectations to perform well under any circumstance. Track members with a sudden change of heart need to endure many obstacles, but they understand the part of the sport. Athletes like Martin and Koney-Laryea rely on their positive attitudes to overcome these obstacles and make for themselves and their team a successful season.