Back on Track

Senior athletes on Wakefield's Track and Field team can't be held back

Athletes on track team stretch before an intense workout.

Staff photo by Kiara Mallory

Athletes on track team stretch before an intense workout.

Adeola Owokoniran, News Editor

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Track is on it’s way to a bright future with a new coach and successful senior class. Track and field has long been a successful sport here at Wakefield, doling out athletes that have gone university and beyond. By being a proactive program and paying attention to its student-athletes, the track and field program makes sure that these athletes work hard yet still have fun.

Senior Naya Taylor, discus and shotput thrower, has gotten dramatically better since practicing here at Wakefield; because of this, she is getting looked at by many colleges in the area.

“Without track, I don’t think I would be here [at school],” Taylor said. “It helps me keep on top of things and organized.”

Staff photo by Kiara Mallory
Senior Veronica Fraley practices throwing a weight ball for shot put.

Senior Veronica Fraley, discus and shotput thrower, has played varsity for all four years of high school. She transitioned from a runner to a thrower because it came more natural. Through this, she has committed to Clemson University, class of 2022, where she plans to major in biology or finance. Fraley also commends track on helping her with time management and helping her keep her grades up. Because of track Fraley has many high prospects for the future.

“I am trying to go to Finland this summer for the world championship,” Fraley said. “Also I’m trying to win New Balance Nationals indoor and outdoor, and beat the North Carolina shot put record.”

Coach Richardson also helps the track and field program this year as their new coach. He is trying his best to improve the program and work proactively with his athletes. He has been a track coach for twenty years and started helping out with Wakefield track in the last two years. He commends Wakefield their the talent, drive, and especially their academic excellence of athletes. The new conference may not be as challenging as the last but the region of 4A is still the toughest in the state.

This year, track has very high prospects for both the coaching staff and the athletes alike. With that comes hard work, dedication, and drive; Richardson summarises that perfectly.

“Put in work,” Richardson said, “the bottom line is what you put in is what you’re going to get out of it.”