Galion Track Team Young But Improving

Galion Track Team Young But Improving

GALION, OH- The Galion High School track team is prepping for Friday’s Night relays in Marion. Head coach David Kirk says his team is young with a boatload of Freshmen, but they are led by right-minded upperclassmen. “We have got an outstanding group of freshmen who came in hungry having not had track in middle school with very experienced upperclassmen who have turned out to be great leaders. Our freshmen are being taught the right way and so probably that is our biggest strength right now is attitude and character.” For junior 1,600-meter runner Ava Smith, she is hoping that she will be able to score when the conference meet rolls around. “Once we get to the league I really like to score some points in league and districts. I would love to get to state but I’m really excited for districts to compete against really good girls in our district I’m excited to be going up against them. Smith is hoping to hit the low 5:30’s in her event as the season winds down. For senior high jumper Caleb Branstetter who also does the long jump, 4×100, 4×200, and 4×400 his goal is hitting 6’7”. My goal is 6’7″I got a 6’6″ this meet I almost got a 6’8″ My goal was to beat Jack Mc Elligot (state placer) he jumped 6’7.5″ I would be really happy if I got 6’8″ but honestly I PR ing at 6’2″ but it has gotten warmer now so it’s been better to jump and I think that is why I jumper higher at the Crestline meet. For Mehock Relays Champ Samantha Cromer it’s getting out of the blocks and get to that first hurdle. “I try and be the first one to the hurdle but sometimes I think I need to practice more blocks. I stand straight up and that is how you lose seconds and every hurdle between is where you gain speed, but it is hard when you are in front to gain speed because you want competition because you want somebody beside you. it’s nice to have Kari beside me when I run because we run together so it’s nice to have somebody to compete against.” In the field events shot and discus thrower Christian Robinette says you don’t think about things too much, you step in the circle and throw. “I just try and clear my head and focus on what I need to do and don’t overthink it your form gets all wrong and things don’t work out.”