Mustang track looks for great year

Bryce Boese – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The 2017 track season officially began on Jan 23.  Many student athletes are excited for the season and have high expectations for themselves and their teams.

The first meet takes place 3:30 p.m., Feb. 9 at the Manatee High School track.

The girls team won the 2016 Class 4A team championship, so they are looking for another successful season.

Junior Chelsea Petruzzi is the team manager. This is her second year managing the team, and she has gained a lot of experience from it so far. Petruzzi said, “I am gaining leadership skills and managing skills. I am learning the team building techniques that I can use throughout the rest of my life.

“I help the coaches run practices because there are so many kids who come out for track. I help time the runners, I lead them in what drills to run, what intervals to run, and I help the coaches with jumping too,” pronounced Petruzzi.

Third year pole vaulter junior Nick Napier has high expectations for the team this season.

“I will try very hard and jump very high,” he said. “My expectation is to go to states and win. No one can challenge my vaulting skills, I’m purely the best one out there.”

Another third year vaulter, junior Carsen Schmid, hopes to make varsity this season, and has set goals for herself.

“My main event is pole vaulting,” Schmid said.  “My expectations for the season is to vault eight feet, and I hope I can make varsity.”