Mallory Lloyd – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Track and Field practice started on Monday.
The season has a full schedule this year, with a total of 11 meets not counting the state championship.
Keeping the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines in mind, more time will be spent with the event area groups to keep safety a priority.
New head coach Kristin Wikstrom said, “This season will be different in terms of daily procedures, but we saw during the cross-country season that it is still possible to have an enjoyable and fruitful experience.”
Wikstrom has been coaching for the Ranch for three years as the cross-country head coach and two years as the distance coach of track and field.
“Last year, the pandemic ended our season early, so this year we are excited to show all of our hard work and reap the benefits of consistent resilience and work ethic. I am hopeful we will win invitationals and advance several athletes throughout the state series.” Wikstrom said.
Senior Riley Simmons has been and will continue to compete on the national level in the throws group.
The distance squad, who placed third at States this cross-country season as a team, has strong leadership under junior Aurora Melzer and junior Gracie Marston.
Sprint names to watch are senior Jakin Wilson and junior Maya Bridgeford.
“Ultimately, I believe our group has the potential to succeed at the state level, and I anticipate both individual and team success.” Wikstrom continued.