Boys track keeps on pushing forward

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As the run gets longer it gets harder to keep going but this bulldog kept on pushing!

Mary James

This has been a year of changing and adapting and for the Edmond Memorial boys track team that truly did apply. The team had a few challenges this season but also many accomplishments, as the season goes on Memorial hopes for more successes. 

“Throughout all the complications this last year, I have stayed motivated by knowing that eventually we will have another race and I need to stay ready for when that day comes,” sophomore Joshua Cherry said.

Although the team had many challenges they never lost their motivation for the sport and excelled amazingly throughout the craziness.

“To me the biggest struggle so far was the Conference meet, we had a few runners that weren’t able to compete due to quarantine rules,” senior Carson Kardokus said. “As a team, we stepped up and performed really well and received second, not letting a difficult situation impact our performance.”

 All their perseverance and hard work through all the quarantining and hardships shown at this year’s meets, senior Devon Polley threw 53”9 ½ ft in shot put. With this only being his second year in track, he is showing that although he had complications, he pushed through.

“I would say I am very proud of how the season turned out because I hit over 50 feet in shot put, which was my goal and I have the chance to win state in my event,” Polley said. 

The state meet is what every runner on the team has their mind set on, State will be held but it will either be May 14 or 15. That is where all the hard work of the season will pay off. Kardokus, who placed first in the 800 meter run last meet, has high expectations for state and has a team goal of winning a state title. 

“I am proud of how our athletes have handled all the COVID-19 protocols and just how different things are from a normal year, but we teach them that life is not always fair, nor easy, but hard work and discipline, in the end always pay off, maybe not the way we expect but hard work always, always pays good dividends,” boys track coach Chris Lowrey said. Lowrey has helped push the boys into success especially through times like this.  

All and all the team has their heads held high and have high hopes for the rest of the season.

 

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