Tracksters in historical sport share practice routines

Jacob Dugar, Editor

Burlington’s boys’ team sprint on the home track near the finish line. Each of the participants will likely compete in one of the many distance events offered at meets, like the 400-meter run. (Brylee Davis)

   Spring has arrived, and with it comes the incredibly varied sport of track. It contains everything that the ancient Greeks knew how to do in events such as the Olympics.

   It has the timeless classics of throwing stuff far, running a short distance quickly, running a long distance at a slightly slower pace, and the 400. This article will be ignoring any of the events involving jumping.

   How do these athletes practice for all of these events, though? Well, everybody begins by running a lap and stretching together, according to senior Cody Beal.

   Once stretches and basic warm-ups are complete, the throwers and runners split to do their own variation of practice.

   Throwers have three main events to choose from: javelin, shotput, and discus. For these, the athletes throw a lightweight spear, heavy sphere, and dense Frisbee, respectively.

   Cody said, “Throwers pretty much just practice throwing for whatever event they want to.”

   As for running, there are two main sects: sprinting and long distance.

   Senior Shalonn Wright, a sprinter, said that his practice mainly consists of “running the straights [of the track] and walking the curves.”

   Coach Bart Kuhlmann works mostly with runners and said that their event is what other sports use for punishment.

   According to him, the long-distance runners will normally run about two miles, but the others will run an alternating series of distances. This is generally a 1000m, followed by a 600m, then an 800m, a 400m, possibly a 300m, and, if he is in a bad mood, four sets of 80m sprints.