Lack of Track


Kelly Kline (12) and Roger Jachna (11) compete in Thursday night’s meet against Munster. Lake Central won the meet.

Alayna Wallace and Alayna Wallace

Not practicing on their own track, the boys track and field team faces a challenge not applicable in previous years.

“When we want to practice on the track, we are not able to do that easily because we have to travel to another school,” Zach Bencur (12) said.

Because of the construction of the new building, the boys and girls track team have to practice in and around the school.

“Running on the street is kind of a distraction because you have construction vehicles in the way and you have to deal with the fact that you’re running on concrete which is harder on your legs,” Gavin Basile (10) said.

The team has to practice around the construction and sometimes indoor options are not even available.

“The girls track team, the basketball team, and now the softball team practices in the field house. It’s really crowded,” Nathan Zajac (10) said.

The team uses their indoor resources by manipulating other areas of the school for workouts and practices.

“The sprinters practice on the school stairs. Basically we’ll take any spot we can find where no sports are already practicing at,” Zajac said.

Despite the hardship of not having a track to practice on, the boys still feel confident about their season and have designated Valparaiso as one of their top competitors this spring.