Panther Track Off to Slow but Steady Start

Article by Alexia Cardamone

With the weather getting nicer, the days getting longer, and the school year coming to an end it could only mean one thing at Norfolk Senior High: track season is among us. It is the time of the year some students have waited for all year. In this short eight-week season the athletes and coaches try to get as many meets in as possible, while at the same time, keep the athletes healthy.

Conditioning for some of the tracksters started back in November and one can definitely see their work pay off on the track. Norfolk started off their season with the University of Kearney Indoor Invite. With only six athletes from Norfolk placing, the meet seemed to last forever.

In high jump Junior Taylor Stoltz jumped with a height of 5’7 getting first for the girls and a new personal record and a new meet record. Senior Travis Larson also jumped with a height of 6’4. Senior Madelyn Meier ran the 55-meter dash in a time of 7.75 second getting fourth place overall. The Norfolk girl’s 4x800 meter relay also got fourth place with a time of 11:33.4, the race was run by Senior Desi Ortiz, and Sophomores Corrin Day, Hailey Storovich, and Bailey Rucker.

The Panther Track Team then went on to Doane to face most of the teams they will be seeing at districts. Out of the 12 teams, Norfolk got 10th and a glimpse of what the State Track Meet will look like. While in Crete senior, Jake Long, signed with Doane. Jake is known for how easy he makes hurdles look. His time of 7.83 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles is well deserved for all the work he has put in. He will be running with their track team for the next four years.

With only three meets down the Panthers are off to a slow but steady start. Norfolk JV track took Madison by storm when both the girls and the boys got first overall at the Madison triangular.

With PR’s and school records already being broken the track team can only get better from here. Come support the Panther track and field team at their home invite on April 21st!

For more great articles written by students, see the April 2017 Panther Newspaper!