The Waukee girls’ track team will try to continue their winning ways this year with the outdoor track season beginning for them on March 25 in Waukee with a meet with Ames and Mason City. The Warriors won the Class 4A state champions last season.
Waukee coach Jesse Hunt said they were “optimistic” about the overall outlook of the season praising the team’s depth, and also the new girls on the team.
“We’ve got a lot of depth in some spots, we’ve got, however, a lot of youth in some spots as well,” Hunt said. “There’s a good freshman class coming in, our returners worked their tail off in the offseason and the preseason and so we do feel really optimistic about the overall outlook of the year but competition around the state has never been better and it’s going to be a fast year.”
He said he thinks this will be a year when a lot of records get “pushed” and that it’s fun to be in track and field in the state of Iowa right now.
Their depth is helped by record numbers with “about 120 girls” on the team this year.
“The best part is that we’ve got a lot of girls that are really committed,” Hunt said. “They want to do well. The whole mantra of ‘each girl each day gets better in some way.’ That’s the idea. We’re not always going to be clicking on all cylinders, we’re not always going to be able to set a bunch of records, we’re not always going to have a personal record, but the idea that even when we fail, even when we make mistakes, it’s going to make us better as long as we choose to reflect on it and refine it and get better.”
Hunt said that they have a solid group of seniors, but they also have a very solid group of juniors.
The Warriors begin their outdoor season on March 25 at home.