The beginning of track season is smiled upon by many students at Helix High School. Another person who is also very excited is Head Track and Field Coach Rory Simpson, who has very high hopes for this season. Simpson, along with his assistants, plan on making a solid district appearance, along with a competitive state appearance. With many returners and incoming freshman, Coach Simpson plans on achieving high goals this season.
As track practice begins at the end of February, athletes are anxious to start preparing to work hard to make it to state. “I'm looking forward to going to state track and getting first in 100m hurdles, breaking my record, and hopefully getting the school record,” says Sadie Wilson a junior at Helix High School. She is excited and ready to start this upcoming track season. With high hopes, Sadie will work very hard towards her goals.
With the new season set to get underway, the coaches are also more than ready for the season to start. “ We plan on taking kids to state in several events. Last year, we kinda ran the gamut with kids in nearly every event, and we plan on repeating that with hopefully lots of relays which will help us with points,” says Coach Simpson, who is excited for more medals. They are pushing for a state title by hard work and dedication.
The Helix tracksters have 11 meets on the schedule, not counting districts and state. They have one new meet that will be held in Umatilla.They call it a “Twilight Meet,” because it will begin later in the evening. They have a few small track meets as well big meets. They have a meet scheduled in Athena on their new facility, which will put the Grizzlies up against other small schools. They are looking forward to every meet on the schedule, and all the improvement they will see throughout the 2017 track season.
The Grizzlies should be especially strong in the 100m hurdles. “I participated in 100 meters hurdles, and 4 by 1 relay,” says Sadie Wilson about her previous year in track. The coaches plan on her making it to state and almost the whole team has a shot in all different kinds of events, but especially in the 100 meter hurdles.
Simpson is excited about the quality returners he has back from last year’s successful team. “I have several great returners. I have Lucy (Case) coming back as a 2-year district champ and a competitor at state. Sadie Wilson is coming back as a top ranked 100 hurdler, Sam Carlson who made a state appearance as a freshman, and Jonathan Shaw made it to state last year. We also have Emma Fehrenbacker who competed in many different events at state and helping in the 4 by 1 relay, and Hannah Christman,” says Coach Simpson. He can't wait for the season and all the returners to have another chance to work hard for a state title.
As for the newbies, Simpson likes what he sees from the young athletes. “We have Kyleen (Stahancyk), Kaylee (Cope), and Margaret (Case) coming up,” says Coach Simpson.
Simpson and the entire Grizzly track team can't wait to see what events they choose, and the growth they will get to see as they go through the season. They are looking forward to what the returners, and freshman can do this year, and have set their sights all the way to the state track and field meet.