The Shawano Community High School Track and Field team has recently started the 2019 spring season. Athletes compete in various events ranging from distance races such as the 3200-meter run to throwing events such as shot put.
The meets during the beginning of the season were held indoors because of the weather, but have most recently been outdoors.
Sophomore Ethan Chelberg has been one of the top competitors for SCHS this season. Chelberg took second in the 1600-meter event and first place in the 800-meter at the Wausau West Indoor meet on April 5.
“I would say that I’m happy with how some of my early races have gone, and I feel much stronger than last year. However, there is a lot of learning and improvement to do if I want to be in a good position come regionals,” explained Chelberg on his individual performance.
The team has been performing well thus far but is looking forward to improving for the coming weeks. With regionals coming up, the team will focus on improving in individual events as well as team events.
“We haven’t reached the success we would like yet; however, there is still time left in the season, and I think many improvements will be made,” Chelberg continued. “ I think we can all work on being focused in practice every day. It’s easy to ease off on the days when no one feels like doing anything, but it’s important to have good workouts every day.”
Track is mostly an individual sport, but how well athletes do on individual events determines how the team places. This season the SCHS girls team has been doing well thus far and will continue to improve as the season progresses. The girls have been getting better at every meet at which they have competed.
“I think the girls distance runners all run really strong events because they all have to compete with each other. I also think that we have some strong jumpers,” Chelberg said about Shawano’s strongest events.
Since there are so many different schools in the state that have Track and Field teams, athletes meet new people and form friendships with people that they do not get to see on a daily basis.
“My favorite part of track is having fun and meeting new people at meets. I also like the daily challenge it brings,” stated Chelberg.