Big congratulations to both our Girls and Boys Track teams for winning their Sectional meets. Good luck at Regionals this week!
Girls Track Strives for a Good Season
Most girls sports teams are considered to be an opportunity for team bonding. For members of Coach Ericka Herd’s Girls Track team at JHS, there’s more to the different story.
Coach Herd strives for excellence and treats all her players with fairness and equality. She sets standards high for her girls and believe they will overcome any goal set in front of them. “Yes, we focus on team bonding because just like everyone else we want to feel involved and included, but what I really try for is building character and pushing the girls to their uttermost potential,” states Coach Herd.
Coach prepares each of her girls for a meet by making them do handoffs, starting blocks, practicing running form, warm up and cool down. The most important thing the coach does to prepare her girls for competition focuses on their mentality.
“It’s rough and leaves me tired most days, but practices keep me in check and prepare me for the upcoming meet, and I believe everything is 100% worth it,” states Ahmya Baker, varsity sophomore.
According to Coach Herd, winning isn’t always the most important thing in her book. “I want to teach them they matter, and I always want them to do their best even if that means not winning every time. You win some and you lose some, but when you lose you learn how to win better,” states Coach Herd. “Losing is not always failure.”
Written by Alanna Groves and Ecya Curtis
Photo by Caleb Sorrells