Spring time is a few weeks away, which means track season will start soon. Before the tracksters can bust out their spikes and tear up the track there are a few preseason events that take place. In order to have a successful track season, an athlete, “must condition hard before they compete”, says coach Ziegler, the head track coach at Lincoln Lutheran. Preseason is important for the athlete to stay fit, but how an athlete conditions, in the winter, varies.
For athletes like Kacey Kohlhof, who don’t compete in a winter sport, December through March is track preseason. Kacey trains five days a week at various facilities. For two days out of the week she conditions at Lincoln Lutheran with Ziegler. At school Kacey is lifting weights, strengthening her core and running plios. The other three days she is at the UNL track camp. At camp, most of the time is spent on running technique or just running. According to Kacey, her time and efforts during preseason help her to “keep improving” and “being the best athlete [she] can be on and off the track.”
Kacey isn’t the only one training outside of Lincoln Lutheran. Becca Ziems also attends the UNL track camp. She says she trains hard to “have fun and help the girls win state”. Becca Ziems was on the 4×4 team that won State in class C last year. She is excited to see what this year’s track team can accomplish and knows that her training will help her team succeed.
The Lincoln Lutheran girls had success last year, but so did the boys team. They won several mets including districts. Reid Martin says, “I have a passion and drive for track” and he is out again this season working hard for his team. Reid competes in the 110 and 300 meter hurdle races just like his brother Harrison. Harrison won state class C last year in the 110 meter hurdles, needless to say coach Ziegler can’t wait to see Ried excel.
Last season, the track team had plenty of personal bests, wins, and memories. This year with new teammates and new leaders coach Ziegler says she is “hoping that this year is even more fun and rememorable”. As the snow melts and the sun shines again the track athletes know it’s not only spring time, but track time. They are ready for the new season and to show their hard work.