Track: Boys and Girls Prep for First Meet

Olivia Taylor, Sports Writer

Both the boys’ and girls’ track and field teams have already begun warming up for what their coaches anticipate to be successful seasons. Their first outdoor meet of the year is scheduled for April 10 at home, weather permitting, against Apple Valley.

Girls’ head coach Rob Graham said that he expects Eagan to do well in long distance events as usual, despite having lost several graduated athletes from those events. He also predicted that Eagan will improve most in field events this season. He continued, “I think that we have some serious solutions in sprints, relays and hurdles.”

According to Coach Graham, six out of the top ten teams from last year’s state meet are in the South Suburban conference. He believes this benefits Eagan because “to challenge ourselves we just have to drive a few miles down the road.”

Boys’ head coach Adam Copeland said that he is most excited to get his team outside for competitions. He remarked, “We have the same goal year after year: for each individual to run each meet better than they did in the previous one.” He hopes that as a team Eagan will qualify one athlete from each event to the state meet.

“Right now we are doing a lot of general fitness,” Coach Copeland shared. “We are timing 20 and 40 meter sprints, and doing leg development and core development.” He added that the team would run hills to increase their power.