Girls track ready to run at regional

Amirah Jones One

By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang’s girls track team is preparing to enter the postseason this weekend with the regional track meet coming up Saturday at Deer Creek.

The Lady Broncos track squad has had a roller-coaster season with high placements in numerous track events, but several below par performances are sandwiched in between throughout the year.

Mustang head coach Eric Peterson said he likes where his team is at right now heading into the postseason.

“I feel really good about our team,” he said. “We have been working really hard the last month combined with a good attitude. That has reciprocated to good results on the track.”

Coaches always want their teams to be firing on all cylinders when the postseason comes around to give themselves the best chance at competing for championships. Peterson said he believes his team is where they need to be heading into regionals.

“The girls have really turned a corner in the last month,” he said. “They have been working hard. They don’t always do it with a smile on their face, but they have started to see results on the track, and realize we have a good shot to qualify numerous people for the state track meet if things work out.”

Peterson said there are still things his squad needs to work on before they take the track on Saturday morning.

“We had one botched hand-off last week at the conference meet and we weren’t able to finish the race,” he said. “A couple of our relays have a good chance at qualifying for the state track meet, so we need to have our hand-offs sharp. Every second counts, and we are going to have to be at our best in the sprint relays in order to qualify for state.”

Senior sprinter Amirah Jones has excelled in her final year with Mustang track. Peterson said she has been tremendous this year for the Bronco girls.

“Amirah has had an outstanding season,” he said. “She competes in four events and excels in all of them. She runs on three relay teams and has a great chance to qualify for state in the 400-meter dash. Another great senior for us this season has been Stephanie Wilson. She is the key for us this weekend. She has a great chance to qualify for state in several events and help our relay teams.”

Peterson said he hopes by competing in the toughest and deepest regional meet in the state, his team will use that as motivation to have their best performance of the year.

“All you can hope for in track is running your best times at the regional to give yourself the best chance to qualify for state,” he said. “I believe we are in the deepest regional in the state when it comes to girls teams, so we are going to have to bring our ‘A’ game.”

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