By: Mia Laube @mia_laube21 [Newspaper Editor]
At this point in the school year, most track athletes must hang up their cleats for the summer. For a few, hopes of making State are accomplished and the season continues. Blair Brooks, sophomore, is heading to State for his second year in a row.
It took dedication during the season and preparation afterwards. “I did a lot of jumps and running, and a lot of technique stuff. [It also took] hard work and sweat,” Brooks said. Athletes must train hard to either automatically qualify or gain a top spot.
Brooks will be competing in three events- high jump, long jump, and the 110-meter high hurdles. “Hopefully I go out there and compete to my best potential and hopefully get a few medals,” he said. There are many Marion athletes going with this same mindset.
Livvy Draves, freshman, is also anticipating a great outcome at State. She is also competing in three of her own events, which are all relay races. Draves is in the four by 100, four by 200, and sprint medley. “I’m looking forward to being able to run on the blue track again,” Draves said.
Since her races are relays, all of the competitors must rely on three other teammates. This will only give them confidence and bring them up, Draves feels. “We’ve been working really hard towards it and I’m really confident in my team,” she said.
Although it will be Draves’ first go-around at State for track, Brooks has already had experience with the nerves and excitement it brings. “It was a great experience freshman year to have under my belt,” he said. They will be going at the end of this week and into the weekend for the meet.
State is the last chance of the year with some of the best runners. No matter how the runners and field event participants place, it is an honor to have the chance to be there. “[It’s significant because] you get to go down and compete against the best in the state,” said Brooks.