Track aims for State

“Stay focused, humble and hungry” is the track team’s motto chosen by senior captains Nicholas Beach, Alicia Sotelo, Mitchell Pivovar and Lauren Smith.

“The reason we chose that motto is because we never want to be satisfied because we are always looking to improve on our time, throw or jump, ” Sotelo said. “We want to improve the entire season and stay focused.”

Practices at Shawnee Mission East’s track consist of timed laps for the runners and hurdlers, while for those who participate in javelin and shot-put repeatedly try and perfect their shot.

Lisa Painter is the head track coach and is proud of the way the season is going.

“The season is going well. I’m happy with the number of students who came out this season, especially with the number of freshmen who are on the team,” Painter said.

Shawnee Mission East’s track has provided an actual track to practice on allowing for practices to be more accurate and convenient for the coaches and team.

“As much as I don’t enjoy torturing myself with workouts,they probably are the most efficient workouts we do,” Sotelo said.

An average runner’s or hurdler’s practice begins with a mile warm up. From there, practice consists of either 20 200-meter timed repeats, 10 400-meter timed repeats, ladders (running a timed 200, then 400, 800, 1600, 800, 400, and then 200), or 1000-meter repeats timed.

“Running with 5A-6A schools can be difficult and usually limits us from medaling a lot,” Painter said. “But, we still score points and try and improve our personal bests. Playing with the big schools also prepares us for Regionals and hopefully state!”

Throwers practices begin with an 800-meter warm up and proceeds into lifting weights and practicing form.

Pivovar has participated in javelin three years in high school.

“I enjoy javelin because it is individually based, and I mean, I’m pretty good at it,” Pivovar said, laughing. “The concept when throwing javelin is to not bend your arm and throw with your whole body. Don’t rush yourself.”