The track-and-field season is right around the corner and the Muskies are well underway in their preparation for it.
Coach John Dutton said everything is going well with his squad so far, noting they've been practising since mid-January.
“So for about two months we have been focusing on fitness, speed, and strength,” he remarked.
"Lots of sprinting, lots of drills, and lots of hard work.
“After March Break, we started working on event-specific training for throwing, jumping, and running events,” Dutton added.
“As you can appreciate, this type of workout will be a lot easier when we can start training outside.”
The first meet of the season is slated for next Thursday (April 12) in International Falls, but Dutton expects it to be cancelled unless weather conditions improve.
“Realistically, we are looking to April 17 in Baudette as our season-opener,” he said.
“That gives us a couple of weeks for athletes to start focusing on the events they want to specialize in.”
The black-and-gold contingent is comprised of 35 members this year, ranging from Grades 7-12. But Dutton noted those numbers may change as several of the athletes also are involved in soccer tryouts this week.
“What I see so far is really encouraging," he enthused. ”I expect us to be very competitive in running and field events.
“We have talented runners at all distances, and lots of experience in the throwing and jumping events.”
Returning to the team this season are a number of athletes with previous OFSAA experience, including Sekina Scheibler, Aaron Scheibler, Sean Huziak, Grace Petsnick, Carson Noga, and Jillian Calder.
“All of these athletes are working very hard and are on track to improve on last year's results,” Dutton said.
“Last year, our throwers dominated throughout the season and at NWOSSAA,” he noted.
“Our goal this year is to field a more diverse team and, hopefully, to qualify more runners at all distances,” he added.
“We also have some very promising high jumpers who are hoping to realize their full potential this year.”