Every year there are students of all ages that participate in a spring sport through the school. Track has 23% student participation at RHS, 6% of which work all year round for one goal on their mind: to make it on that podium at State. Statistics show only 6% of the participating students place and get put on the podium. I mean one person per placing, right? How far will the students go to make it past Divisionals? They check records for State to qualify early for their events: 100, 200, 400, 800, miles all this running plus field and throwing events and so many records to try to beat. Can all the records be beaten eventually? Can the students put in enough work? The real question is will they? These are the questions that run through the athlete’s minds.
Passion is the key, a will to drive yourself all year round to achieve your most desired goals. Track is an individual sport that you rely on yourself for. It’s not like you have to get better for the team or the guy next to you. All the work, drive, will, and passion is all on you. The striking will to finish the race first, jump the furthest, or the highest is all on you as an athlete. It is your decision to make the leap toward the finish line and always jump into first place, not for the guy next to you, but for yourself.