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What is Track & Field Up To?

| Nicolas Gibson | ngibson22@dtechhs.org | February 11, 2020 |

Outsider d.tech where the track team practices after school. Photo by Nicolas Gibson

The end of January may not be too significant to many d.tech students. Just a few weeks after intersession, this month means many are re-adjusting back into school, homework, and the like. But for a few students, it means something more, something very important. For these people, February means more running, jumping, and triple-jumping, because the track & field season has begun.

Most d.tech students don’t know much about the track team, even though they can often be seen practicing after school along the slough. Sophomore Zooey Kirchner sums up the extent of what many people know, saying, “I know they meet up sometimes after school–they walk around the Oracle walkway.” Most students, such as sophomore Katie Shaw, leave right after school and never see the track team practicing at all. So what is the track team, and what might they do during the late hours of d.tech? 

On Mondays and Thursdays, practices begin right as the school day ends. Although the track team’s coach, Sunny Diaz, often attends coaching duties elsewhere, the team will always start off with a warm-up anyway. This involves running a quick lap on the bay trail, and some dynamic stretching. This initial part of practice all takes place in full view of the hangar and is usually most of what d.tech sees and knows about the school’s track team.

The next part of practice can head in a variety of different directions. One of the most interesting occurrences is when the team goes to Port Royal park, a clean and quiet park just across the marsh. Because of its close proximity to d.tech, many students have been there for school events, or just to walk around. However, this park is not only good for walking, but running as well. Port Royal features a track that is perfect for the team’s purposes, particularly training team members’ stamina and speed. In fact, during a recent track practice, freshman Elias Wu ran several 400 meter laps, and even did a 3200 meter! That’s a two mile run–one that Elias did purely on his own, no instruction needed. His views on track and field are simple but honest. “It’s good,” he said. “I feel like I’m improving a lot. The practices are very helpful.” Track comes naturally to him, which may have to do with his previous experience, in middle school, running both the 400 and 800 meters in track meets.

There are still some kinks to work out with d.tech’s track and field routine, however. The track team is only able to go to a full-sized track during Saturday practices, and the fact that d.tech does not have its own track close to home may deter people from joining the team. “I would prefer it if d.tech had its own track,” Wu adds. “But the road near d.tech is pretty good for practices.” Others, such as Shaw, say that they “…just don’t really do sports in general,” or that, as sophomore Ryan Quisol put it, “in middle school I did it–but I wasn’t the best at it.” Perhaps in the future, with enough popularity, members, and possibly even a track of their own, track and field will grow into a sport that d.tech can fully understand, but for now, many will walk–or run–in the dark.

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