Athletes from several schools race towards the finish line. Photo by Jaci Stickrod.

Athletes from several schools race towards the finish line. Photo by Jaci Stickrod.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 all the Varsity Track sprinters, hurdlers, long distance runners, and throwers arrived at Sports Authority field to give their all in one last meet before State. In League Championships the athletes were all looking to run fast enough, jump high enough, or throw far enough to make it to the next level. Chaparral has 18 athletes going to State this year. Some athletes wanted more than just to make it to state, but make it to state in more than one event. “At League Championships I wanted to be able to place in all four of my events,” said sophomore Lydia Merrill. Breaking these records and goals is incredibly important, especially with Track being a more individual sport. The runners get what they put in. One thing that all runners look forward to is breaking their personal record. “It’s exciting and it gives you a new goal,” explained Merrill, commenting on how it feels to break her personal record. In a sport that requires self-reliance, track is serious on an individual level; athletes who want to do well are responsible for their work and their results. Despite the seriousness, League was an opportunity to “cheer people on and try to do the best we could,” said sophomore Justin Sandberg.

By Jaci Stickrod

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