With a couple of athletes ranked high in their specialties, the spring looks promising for Wyoming East track and field.
New head coach Terri Blake has 20 team members—10 boys and 10 girls—as the season gets under way.
She took the post with a little persuasion.
“(Members of the team) texted me all summer and asked me to bid on the job,” she noted.
“This is a good group of students,” Blake added. “I’m excited and expect good things from them.”
The squad includes senior Taron Ayers, who is ranked No. 2 in the state in the long jump and Nik Walker, a junior ranked No. 6 in the 200 run.
Blake expects the 4 x 100 relay team to qualify for state and thinks the 4 x 400 team to have a chance as well.
Walker runs in the 100 and 200 as well as the 4 x 100 relay.
His best time in the 200 is 22.4 seconds.
Walker is aiming high. “I want to win the whole thing this year,” he commented. “Gpd has blessed me.”
Walker also runs the 100 and on the relay team.
Emily Simmons, a sophomore sprinter, says Walker talked her into joining the team. She also runs the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 relay.
“I like it because it’s both an individual and team sport,” she commented.
“You have to push yourself,” Walker said.
East will compete in a meet at Independence this Friday.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.