Track teams set sights on finish line with hopes of advancing to championship

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Track is off to a sprint as practices and preparations for meets have begun. Both boys and girls teams have similar goals.

“We expect to win district, and our goal for this year is to win regionals as a team,” Lady Wildcat track coach Megan Hardesty said.

Wildcat track coach Oschlor Flemming said his squad’s goal “is to win a district title, then regional, and hopefully state.”

Both teams have great competitors who are sure to do outstanding in the events they compete in. However, the two teams are looking for talent in different places.

“Our greatest talent is in our older guys like Ellis Jefferson and Josh Harris who as seniors will continue our tradition of success,” Flemming said.

The girls’ team is looking for talent in its younger competitors.

“We see young talent in our freshmen and sophomores, like Ola Akinniyi and Candalyn Lyons,” Hardesty said.

The transition from 5A to 4A will help both teams, but there is still strong competition in the district with Denton and Wichita Falls-Rider.

“We have been putting in the work day in and day out to be stronger and better than the competition,” Hardesty said.

It might be too soon to tell, but both coaches feel they’ll have strong athletes competing in each event.

“We want to be strong and compete well in every event, we are looking especially strong in our relays and hurdles,” Flemming said.

Both teams are practicing hard because they each have upcoming meets.

“Our first meet will be the Billy Ford Wildcat Relays on Feb. 21,” Flemming said. “After our meet, we are headed to The Colony, and then district.”

The girls will have their first time trial at Keller Timber Creek on Thursday, Hardesty said.

“We will then compete in the Wildcat Relays,” she said.

If there is one thing both coaches want the Guyer student body to know about their teams it is the boys and girls work hard and are dedicated to the track team.

“These kids work hard,” Flemming said. “They are coming in before and after school on their own time, and many play multiple sports.”

CALEB BARFIELD is a senior at Guyer High School and a participant in the Denton Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” writing program for student journalists.

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