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Haley Gregory Jon Jee Apprentice Editor Track, in

Published: January 15, 2011 11:01 PM

Haley GregoryJon Jee Apprentice EditorTrack, in January? What many people don't know is the dedication many athletes put into track and field during the winter months.Starting Jan. 5, approximately 30 athletes began preparing for the outdoor track season. Whether just to stay in shape or in it for the competition, indoor track benefits them all."I run to get in shape and prepare to beat my PR [personal record] in outdoor track," says senior Jess Carder.Indoor track though differs from outdoor track. "In indoor track, the track is half the size of an outdoor track. Also, in indoor the heating system makes the air hot and dry," says senior Jonah Carson.These changes could affect the athletes' performance in their event. It is an extreme difference from outdoor track, but "it's a fun and great way to stay in shape," says junior Zak Geiger.Another aspect of indoor track that is different from outdoor track would be the practices. "Workouts lack intensity due to no practice space ... but we spend more time on the basic skills," says coach Doug Joy.Even with the lack of space, the team gets by. They also work toward their goals while having fun in the process. "I enjoy the challenge of getting better every day," says sophomore Zac Klies.With this "learning period" of track and field, Coach Joy still hopes to accomplish a few things. "I hope to qualify a couple of athletes to state indoor meets and fill some holes for outdoor track," Joy adds.With the dedication of these athletes, a lot is to come in the future seasons. Hard work is all they need, and they've got it.

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