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Indoor Track With a Great Season

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The Atlee Shield caught up with several members of the Indoor Track and Field teams after a successful postseason run, which saw great accomplishments in a variety of events.  Below is a recap of the season, along with some great interviews.

m %283%29On Jan. 31, the boys’ indoor track team attended the VHSL 5A conference event in Fork Union. The boys’ won five events, with sophmore, Kameron Helmlinger receiving two gold medals.while getting three silvers and six bronxe medals.The team attended regionals on Feb. 13. Junior, Cason Gardner came away with the highest leap in the high jump to earn the win. In the Pole vault, junior, Will Chapman won.

On Jan. 31 the girls’ indoor team attended the VHSL 5A conference event in Fork Union. The Raiders won three events, including two won by, senior, Cee Cee Harris. The team also added two silver and three bronze medals. The Raiders cham %2812%29rged into regionals on Feb. 13. In the 55 meter dash, Harris won. The 4×800 relay team came in second while the 4×400 relay team came in third in their respective events.

Jake Dehetre, 12, Conor Helmick, 11, Nate Welles, 11, Kameron Helmlinger, 10

Place: 6th in state Boys’’ 4×8 Team

Q: What was your initial reaction when you learned you qualified for states?

K: “Oh my gosh, it felt amazing. I honestly didn’t think I was going to be able to get it, but just seeing my time up on the board, I mean, my whole team was just there to support me; it was like one of the best days.” What have you done, both mentally and physically, to prepare for States?

J: “Mentally, just, you realize that you’re going to be running with the best of the best and this is your last race, so you’ve got to put it all on the line. What is something, specifically, that you worked on to prepare for States?

N: “I’m not really a 4 x 8 runner, so one of my goals is just to pass people. My strength is long – distance endurance, and so I work on my speed to help so I can keep going on the 4 x 8 longer

Will Chapman, 11

Place: 2nd in state Pole Vault

Q: How do you de-stress before a competition? “Before a meet, I draw. I like to draw because it clears my mind. I’m probably the worst drawer [sic] in the world, but [I] just [draw] abstract stuff, stuff that doesn’t have any meaning just anything.” What’s your biggest goal going into this competition? “Definitely winning, because in pole vault, I’m not really competing against other people, I’m competing more against myself, because it’s an individual sport, and I’m trying to get a new personal record each time. Basically, my goal is [to vault] 16 feet, because that’s the barrier for college.”

Jessica Faulk, 11, Cabell Franklin, 9, Emma Sudol, 10, Laney Owen, 12

16997850_782420745244010_7905191273133455869_nPlace: 5th in state Girls 4×8 Team:

Q: How do you deal with performance pressure?

L: “In running, as soon as the gun goes off, you’re not nervous anymore, but you’re nervous like an hour leading up to the race when you’re warming up and stretching, and so a way that I’ve found to deal with that is to listen to music and focus on your stretches, and [when] we run every 4×8, we draw a smiley face on our thumb. I think rituals like that, and knowing you have your team there, definitely calms your nerves.”

E:“I had started [drawing smiley faces on my hand] this cross country season because I would get really nervous, and i’d try to remind myself just to race [and] to smile. [I thought that] maybe while you’re in pain and you’re running and you want to die, you look down and [think,] ‘oh, look at that, it’s okay.’ Then my teammates were like, ‘that’s so cute! We should all do that for the relay,’so we all do that now.” How would you summarize your season in a few sentences?

C:“I think that my team has worked really well together and we really push each other to be better and we work together. It’s also goes to our coaches because they push us harder and want us to be better.” What was your biggest goal going into the race?

J: “My biggest goal going into the race is to focus on just staying with the pack or beating on person at a time.

Laney Owen, 12

Place: 6th in state 1000m

Q: How do you deal with performance pressure?

L: “In running, as soon as the gun goes off, you’re not nervous anymore, but you’re nervous like an hour leading up to the race when you’re warming up and stretching, and so a way that I’ve found to deal with that is to listen to music and focus on your stretches, and [when] we run every 4×8, we draw a smiley face on our thumb. I think rituals like that, and knowing you have your team there, definitely calms your nerves.”

Kameron Helmlinger, 11

Place: 4th in state 1000m

Q: What have you done, mentally and physically, to prepare for States?

K:“This season, I’ve been taking recovery more seriously, which means eating right, treating my body right, getting a lot of rest and really just thinking about my team, what they do for me, and try to do the same for them.” knowing you have your team there, definitely calms your nerves.”

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