Morse track and field team aim for more than just first place
This team just never stops improving.
Practicing to be better than before.
The Morse track and field team had a match on Apr. 12, 2018 against Cathedral Catholic High School and Point Loma High School at Morse, where they placed first for the 100 meter dash in both the boys and girls team, but that doesn’t break the road to beating their own records and improving even more.
The main focus for the track team is to reach state and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) because that is where the best of the best go to.
To reach state and CIF, they will do lots of repetitions of four sprints of 300s and hills, sprinting up the hill, and other workouts to improve speed progression.
Running is a big part of the workout session, but they also work out in the weight room on their arms and legs to make sure they are both equal to provide more speed.
“In track there’s a miscellaneous amount of events, the 100, 200, 4×1, and 4×4,” said Nyaduoth Gatkuoth, a member of the Morse track teams.
The match on Apr. 12, 2018 was a tri-meet meaning it was against three schools where four different events occur and each gender went against their own gender.
In these meets there are an average of 18 or so events in total that vary from the 100, 200, 4×1, 4×4 meter dashes without including throwing.
Track and Field is a co-ed sport where each event involves competing against one’s “gender” , meaning that the boys and girls go against their own gender.
The Morse track team is small with a team of 55 people compared to Cathedral and Point Loma, who have more than 80 people on each team.
“Our boys 4×100 meter dash is one of the most venerated races in division I,” Gatkuoth said.
During the meets, there are college scouts that are looking for people to join their team meaning everyone has to do their best to showcase their skills.
“Meets are more than just meets,” Gatkouth said. “They’re literally opportunities for the future.”