Winter Track: Running for the “Cold” Medal

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Chris Abbott

Winter Track team hopes compete and prepare athletes for spring sports.

Winter Track started up again on November 30, as new and returning faces alike were encouraged to join the sport. Coach Mike Koenig, entering his 16th season of coaching, wants to get new runners in shape for spring sports as well as get veteran runners recognized by college recruiters.

“We want to build a foundation for runners to get conditioned for spring sports whether it be spring track or baseball,” Koenig said. “But in terms of exposure of the top athletes, indoor track is better than any other season we have in terms of of getting these guys getting recognized by colleges on a national level.”

Winter Track has a relatively small squad of about 20 runners, but that doesn’t bother Koenig.

“The juniors and seniors are going to come out,” Koenig said. “But the important thing is generating interest from underclassmen, guys that we can hold onto and develop for four years.”

Senior Evan Tate is returning to Winter Track for the first time since freshmen year.

“I ran freshman year but I got injured,” Tate said. “This year I’m looking to outrun everybody else and make up for the lost time.”

Practices take place outdoors on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Winter Track does not have an Inter-Ac championship. However, there is a state championship each year.

“We don’t have to peak for an Inter-Ac championship,” Koenig said. “Having said that, if you win indoor track states, you are the best in the state. There is no question.”

The recruiting process for Winter Track has been slightly more extensive this year. Junior Zach DeStefano designed and hung posters around campus.

“Things have been going pretty well,” said Koenig. “It’s generated a decent amount of interest.”

Winter Track is known for providing Varsity Letters to every participant, regardless of skill level. All are encouraged to join, even those with little to no experience.

“I’m always looking for guys who got cut from hockey or basketball,” Koenig said. “Those guys are typically eager to join a team”