After months of snow and cold, Moffat County High School track and field coach Todd Trapp wants to see one thing from his team today.
“More than anything,” he said, “we want the kids to put forth a good, solid effort and get the season started.
“We want the kids to have some success and have some fun.”
The team will start its season at 2 p.m. today, when they compete at the Warrior Relays at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
“It’s a good way to start the season because of the team aspect,” Trapp said. “We’ll get everyone working together for a common goal.”
But, having a relay meet, in which only the top three qualifiers contribute to the team’s score, can be hard early in the year, Trapp said.
“It’s also a tough way to start the season,” he said. “We don’t know where everyone is at and where to put everyone.”
Only relay teams and field performers will compete today.
Long distance runner Alex McCoy said the type of meet didn’t matter; he is ready to get the season started.
“I think this year is going to be really good,” he said. “We have all the same people for our distance teams, no one graduated. I’m looking forward to a good year.”
The senior said the first meet of the season is a good way to gauge how far he has come since last season, and where he needs to improve.
“Personally, I’m feeling like I can still do better times than I did last year,” he said. “I switched to cross-country (in the fall) and I’m in way better shape.
“I’m hoping I can do the same as I did at the end of last year.”
Trapp said he doesn’t expect his athletes to be in midseason form in the first week of March, but the first meet will tell him and fellow coaches Ken Olinger, Lance Scranton and Jennifer Pressgrove where their athletes are.
“For some of the kids, we will be able see progress with their times,” Trapp said. “For others, we can tell by how comfortable they are, how their form is.
“It should all get better over the course of the season.”
With more than 60 athletes on the squad this season, the first meet will help Trapp determine where certain athletes belong.
But, the most important aspect of the first meet is to have the athletes be excited about future competitions, Trapp said.
“We want them to get excited about the rest of the season,” he said. “After this meet, we want kids to be excited about the next one.
“‘When’s our next chance to compete? When’s our next opportunity to get better?’ Those are things we want our kids to be asking.”