Romeoville Indoor Dual Meet, 3.1.16

Post date: Mar 2, 2016 4:39:36 AM

On her goal sheet for the 2016 indoor track and field season, one Minooka girl wrote: Not to trip over a hurdle in any meet.

Everyone has a starting point.

For that girl, this is her first year running track. She is learning the hurdles, an event whose name is literally a synonym for obstacles. She overcame them tonight. She didn’t trip over one hurdle.

The team’s starting point was at the Romeoville indoor field house. It was a night for learning for everyone. Some felt what it was like to land in sand for the first time. Others braved their first 400-meter dash.

At the end of the meet, Minooka’s varsity had won 69-35, and the JV had won 66-21. And those weren’t the only things to get excited about.

In addition to not just one newcomer but all newcomers clearing all the hurdles, the girls did a lot of things that didn’t show up on the score sheet.

Veteran athletes helped out the rookies. Starting blocks tips were given. Instructions on where to report were shared. Encouragement abounded.

During the final event, the 4x400m relay, a quarter of the track was lined with Minooka girls cheering on their teammates, some who were running that magical event for the first time in their lives.

As for what did show up on paper, Minooka girls set school field house records in the freshman 55-meter dash, freshman 200-meter dash (tie), varsity 400-meter dash, varsity 800-meter run, and varsity 1600-meter run.

Even better, overall indoor school records were set in the freshman 4x160-meter relay and the 1600-meter run.

Not a bad place to start.

Go Indians.

– Coach Thomas