New attitudes, better results

Early season success leads to greater chances

For the second time in three years, the girls track team has a new head coach. Joel Carrillo, math teacher, and cross country coach has stepped up, taking on the role of girls track head coach. One of Carillo’s goals is to propel student-athletes into the upcoming season with a positive attitude and a strong work ethic.

“I hope that people push each other beyond their limits in hopes that they are willing to try new things,” said Carrillo.

Sophomore Gabi Tedermann approaches the pole vault pit at the 2021-22 Yutan invitational. Tederman participates in the pole vault, the 800-meter run, and the 4×400-meter relay.

Carrillo’s new coaching strategy focuses on keeping everyone engaged and happy whilst also competing to their full potential. 

I believe that a lot of sports depend on your mentality and your attitude. Even though we suffer through horrible workouts, I am always smiling, bouncing and having a good time. Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional,” said Carillo.

This attitude leaves track team members hoping for more chances to one-up past seasons by setting new personal and school records.

One of these participants who hopes to beat her past records is sophomore Gabi Tederman, who plans to compete in the pole vault, the open 800-meter run, and the 4×400-meter relay.

“My goals for the season are to set new personal records pretty frequently throughout the year. And of course, I would love to make it to state because that would be such a fun experience,” said Tederman.

Many track members dream of making it past the district competition and continuing on the road to state. Another student-athlete hoping to end her high school career with a bang is senior Alyssa Husing, who will be competing in the long jump and the 200-meter dash.

Senior Alyssa Husing runs on the track during the 200-meter dash. Husing is doing the long jump and the 200-meter dash.

“I’m hoping that we can really improve this year, which would give us a chance to possibly make it to state. I think that we have the potential if we can keep working hard at it,” said Husing.

Along with the hard work that gets put into this season, there are also many opportunities to have fun and create new memories with friends and teammates.

“I’m looking forward to having a great final season since it is my senior year and make lots of fun memorable moments like last year,” said Husing.

Tederman agreed, stating that she is looking forward to competing with herself and hanging out with friends during the season.

“I’m excited to make new memories this year with all my friends throughout the track season,” said Tederman.

The friendships made during the track season will help the team improve as a whole.

I’m glad I get to be there for the girls team, and I will do everything I can to make it a good season,” said Carrillo.