2018 SPRING TRACK:
We need people to work all field events, timing, and upstairs in the booth.
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times
Baseball and softball players aren't the only ones bummed out about all the snow on the ground right now.
The Johannesburg-Lewiston track team can't even get out to its track for practices because of how much snow it has.
The Cardinals have been forced to train in the school's hallways, which is a tight squeeze because they have a full boys and girls varsity roster and a pair of middle school teams practicing.
Probably the most impacted by the cramped practices are Hannah Collins, Destiny Sherbonda, Madison May and Alicia Korff.
The quartet of seniors have built quite the chemistry in the relays the past two years, and their 400-meter relay is on pace to break a school record this spring.
That is, of course, if they can actually get outside and train. Right now, they're about three weeks behind all the other 400 relay teams around the state.
"It's very, very frustrating," Korff said. "We have to do the same workouts inside, and it's hard to run a true 100 sprint or to even estimate how to get that full workout in. Being outside is different with your lungs, so being inside just messes everything up right now."
Their 400 relay took first in all eight regular-season meets they competed in last spring and they finished second at the regional to qualify for the Division 4 state championship.
At the Herald Times Meet of Champions, where they faced some of the fastest D2 schools around, they took home a fourth-place finish.
They placed 12th at the state final (52.84) and set a personal record. They were only .84 away from snapping the school record.
Senior year, their last hurrah, was supposed to be the year they got their name on the record board inside J-L's gym. They still have time to do it, but their pre-season training has been derailed by poor weather.
"We're trying to do as much as we can inside," May said. "We work on handoff's inside, but that's still totally different without marks on the track or judging our speed without wearing spikes."
May has taken the high road, and she loves the challenge. She said what sets their team apart from others around the state is their handoff efficiency that they worked on all last season.
"It's just, plain and simple, our handoff's," she continued. "That takes a lot of time off when we have handoff's when they are right at the beginning of the exchange zone, and then we are gone and sprinting. We might not be the fastest, but our handoff's make up for that.
"We are behind, but that means we have to work harder to get to where we want to be right now. "
May also said the girls will be challenged by the lack of competition at Ski Valley meets this year. A lot of the relays that often pushed them have graduated.
That's put more pressure on them to stay focused.
"We just have to work hard and give everything we can at practices and meets and just keep going at it," Korff said.
Even if that means the SVC's top relay team has to share the hallways with middle schoolers this spring.
J-L's Track Schedule:
Friday, April 20 - at Mancelona
Thursday, April 26 - at Inland Lakes
Monday, April 30 - Home Meet
Friday, May 4 - at Fairview
Monday, May 7 - at Central Lake
Friday, May 11 - at SVC Championship (Bellaire)
Tuesday, May 15 - at Mancelona
Saturday, May 19 - at D4 regional
Tuesday, May 29 - HT Meet of Champions
Saturday, June 2 - at D4 state final
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