MOUNT VERNON — As the Mount Vernon High School track team prepares for today’s season opener at the River View Relays, three words could most accurately describe the team.
Young. Young. And maybe, cold.
Boys head coach Jim Lindsey said this year’s team is among the youngest he’s ever coached. And the weather, which has kept the team indoors for most practices, hasn’t helped matters.
“We’ve got a lot of new and young kids on the team right now,” said Lindsey. “Hopefully, the younger guys are going to be able to step up this year. That’s what we’ll need to succeed.”
It’s tough enough to turn around a program with a bunch of underclassmen. However, since last year’s team failed to send a single athlete to regionals, there’s no where to go but up. Especially when you have 32 boys to work with.
“There’s going to be a lot of kids doing what they don’t expect to do,” said Lindsey. “They’ll be doubling up on certain events. But, nobody’s backed down so far.”
The boys team’s best chances to shake last year’s disappointing finish lie in their long distance running. Stephen Rowe and Perry Studebaker, both fresh from a successful season in cross country, look to take that next step in track. They’ll likely alternate the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
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