Girls Track hopes to take more to state

Flying High Junior Kyaunna Robinson stays in the lead during her favorite event, hurdles.

Flying High Junior Kyaunna Robinson stays in the lead during her favorite event, hurdles.

Erin Niederberger, guest writer

With spring comes April showers, May flowers… and girls’ track.

Northtown’s varsity girls’ track team has already had nine meets this season, which stretches from late March to late May.

The team was guaranteed to attend a certain number of meets, ending in Conference, which was held May 4 and May 6, where the varsity girls placed second overall as a team.

For some athletes, that was the end of their season, but that wasn’t the case for most of the athletes.

If the athletes had been performing well enough this season, head coach Chris McCullough sent the top girls to move on and compete at Districts.

At Districts athletes can qualify for sectionals by placing top four in their event. If they qualify for sectionals, then the requirement is the same for them to try to move on to state.

McCullough has high hopes for the rest of the season.

“Last year we finished fifth at the state meet,” he said. “This year we’re hoping to do the same or better,” McCullough said.

Junior Hannah DeVries is a member of the girls’ varsity track team. She participates in the 1600 and 3200 meter races. The 3200, her favorite event, is a distance race of about two miles.

“I think that I have more endurance and less speed so that helps me out in my distance races, plus it’s more of a mental battle and I think I am very strong mentally,” DeVries said.

DeVries has been running track since the seventh grade, and has been on Northtowns varsity track team all three years she’s attended North Kansas City High School.

“I like to run and I like the competition,” she said.

Her goals are similar to McCullough’s, but she also has hopes for herself individually.

“I hope to get some personal records and possibly qualify for sectionals and maybe even state,” Devries said.