By Aya Beidoun
Track is an individual sport. It’s between the competitor and the clock. Participants race against other schools in different types of events to see who the best team is. The coaches for the track team are Coach Lohaus and Coach Fawaz. They push team members to be better and they make everyone work hard. The work is worth it because it helps the team get better and more focused for the meets.
There are approximately 130 kids total, counting boys and girls on the team this year. This year, track will be ending soon because Ramadan will start this year in May. Lowrey participated in the Dearborn City Meet on May 24, 2017. Lowrey Girls placed 4th in the city, and Lowrey boys placed 5th in the city. Following the City Meet, will come the Track banquet. At the track banquet team members enjoy and play basketball, go on the trampoline, and of course, eat food!
Lots of people wonder what goes on in track. These are some of the events most track teams practice for; One of the events in track is the 2 mile run. The 2 mile is a very important event in track. Participants run 8 laps around the track and are timed. Another event is the 1 mile. In the 1 mile, participants have to run 4 laps around the track, and are timed. A third event is the high jump. In the high jump, participants start to run at full speed, then using a long silver pole the jumper has to launch themselves in the air with the help of the pole, and jumps backwards and lands on a trampoline. Another event is the long jump- jumpers start running until they reach a marker board, then they have to jump as far a distance as possible into sand, without falling, and landing on two feet. Other participants run the 400 meter. They run 1 lap around the track, sprinting as fast as possible to beat their opponent. Another sprinting event is the 800 meter. In the 800, runners make 2 laps around the track as fast as possible. Another speedy sprinting race is the 70 meter. This is a straight, quick event- where runners run at top speeds to beat opponents for this short distance. Last, but not least, is the shot put event. In the shot put, participants use an 8 pound ball, and participants have to throw with as much height and distance in the air as possible. All events are challenging, and take time, concentration and practice to be successful.
Track is an amazing sport that allows participants to work on speed, agility, and stamina. Although the season will end soon, the track team’s spirit will stay high! Coach Fawaz shared the motto for the 2017 Lowrey track season, “Start Unknown. Finish Unforgettable.” This idea led to the way for our Lowrey track team to become a united family working toward a common goal.