Culver track looking for another strong season
The Culver track program is looking to have another very strong year. Last season, the girls finished in second place at district and the boys finished in third.
"It is fun to see everyone working so hard inside," head coach Tom Kirk said. "At first, it seemed like starting the season with two feet of snow on the ground — how much motivation can there be? It turns out there is a lot. We try and make things fun, but they are working hard."
"It is not the ideal way you want to start the season." he said. "You want to jump on that track, start walking through steps, get people pole vaulting. We are trying to use this for some team bonding, working together."
The Bulldogs graduated three district champions last year, including shot put and discus state champion Catylynn Duff.
Returners include senior Kash Michael, who won the boys high jump last season and Irma Retano, who finished in second in both the 400 and 800. She also placed fourth at state in the 400, but could not compete in several other events due to injury.
"I would like to see everyone run faster than they have ever run, jump farther than they have ever jumped and pole vault to PRs," Kirk said. "I would like to see records broken. If everyone can PR, then I will see that as an accomplishment. I want to see us have fun and support each other will be a big focus this season."
Junior Jordan Vanalstyne placed fifth in the pole vault last season, and senior Bridget Lopez placed ninth at state in the 100 hurdles. The Bulldogs were able to send several athletes to state and are looking to do the same this season.
"There is a lot of unknown and we don't know at this point what our district competition will look like," he said. "Individuals will put the work in and we will worry about the competition another day. Our seniors and state returners are something we will focus on and make sure they have every possible chance to repeat that and even win."