Final Indoor Track Meet of the Season
The Darby indoor track team participated in it’s last meet of the season this past Sunday at Capital University. While the boys’ team didn’t perform as well as they had hoped, the girls placed third overall.
Sophomore Liz Silva achieved success at the meet with a new personal record in throwing the shot put. “[This meet] was my best performance so far this indoor season, I got an indoor weight throw PR of 40’5”.”
Her new distance qualifies her to compete in the indoor state meet that will take place this weekend at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva.
The end of the indoor season means the beginning of outdoor track, which Silva is excited for.
“[Indoor track] helps me get in the right headspace for competing…as well as keeps me in shape.”
Getting more practice time pre-season helps her have more confidence on the track come regular season.
Also preparing for the outdoor season is Junior sprinter Lucas Fratianne. He ran the 200 meter event on Sunday and won his heat.
He explained that indoor track is more difficult to run, especially because the track is 200 meters instead of 400 meters like a standard outdoor track.
“The turns are tighter which slows you down and the air is stuffy and harder to breathe.”
Fratianne believes that the indoor track season is crucial to be prepared for the outdoor season. He is excited to see incoming talent, as well as the returning sprinters and distance runners who will make even more improvements throughout the season.
“We have a lot of solid runners, and our throwers carry us because we have a lot of talent.”
The indoor season has laid a strong foundation for the Darby Track and Field Team. Practice for the regular season begins next week, with Matt Fox as the head boys’ coach, and Don Seymour as the girls’ coach. Good luck Panthers!