The Whitman-Hanson Regional High girls’ indoor track team is ready to hit the ground running, and fourth-year head coach Steve George remains focused on growth.
“While victories would be outstanding for us all, we really focus on improvement, getting all our kids to achieve their personal goals and maximize that potential we see,” George said.
George said the strength of his team, which is coming off a 2-3 season in 2016-17, lies it its potential and the abilities of its untested newcomers
“Nearly half of our student-athletes have never competed in track and field previously,” George said. “Twelve days of practice won’t provide the conditioning or experience they will need to succeed. But we’ll all work unrelentingly until we get there.”
A few of those newcomers George is referring to are freshmen Emma Rogers and Isabelle Amado, both of whom have caught his eye.
“They have the perfect combination of having the ability to compete in multiple events and the willingness to take on the task of [multiple events],” he said.
While there is an influx of young talent, the Panthers are still going to rely heavily on their veterans – spearheaded by senior captains Camryn Boyce, Lillian Perkins-Reisdorf and Nicole Norve.
“All three girls are not only terrific athletes, but first-class leaders when healthy,” George said. “We’ll need them all healthy if we’re going to make an impact.”
With that trio, along with the likes of juniors Dorothy DiMascio-Donohue and Allison Bartlett and sophomore Samantha Perkins near the top of the roster, George said he feels his club will be relatively strong in mid-distance and sprints/hurdles events.
“Right now, I think we have the making of a terrific 4×200 relay team, and I am confident in our 55-meter hurdles and 300 events,” George said. “I’m optimistic in the 1,000 as well. But beyond that we will have to mix and match to find the right combi- nations.”
However, George noted while his team has the potential to yield a formidable 4×200 relay team, he would like to see an improved performance in that event from last season, along with the shot put. That will come with time as the team finds a way to replace multi-event school record holder Alex Santos, along with Lily Nolan, Olivia Morse and Olivia Reed.
“I’m confident we’ll get there with the young talent on the team, but we may need to tough it out in a couple of meets first,” George said.
The girls will be back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury against Duxbury.
“So much about track is based on the individual performance of each athlete which differentiates it from other sports,” George said. “There are no set plays like football, no assists like basketball and baseball. It’s pretty much youversus the clock.”