SHS track runners handoff expertise
The Summit High School track and field team got to hand off its skills to younger generations Thursday at its annual clinic at Summit Middle School.
The SHS athletes, who will compete in one of their biggest meets of the season at 9 a.m. Saturday in Glenwood Springs, had a unique chance to teach aspiring runners and fielders all they’ve learned throughout the last few weeks.
“It’s a great chance for the younger kids to learn some stuff in one day,” said SHS track coach George Keyes. “And it gives the high school kids a chance for a break from doing the workout and being the student. A lot of the time, they surprise themselves with how much they know.”
About 30 members of the high school team broke up in small groups with 60 middle school students to work on sprints, hurdles and handoffs.
“Everyone’s having fun,” Keyes said. “There’s just a lot of positive encouragement going on. The younger kids are definitely looking up to the older ones. The high school kids, they get a little bit of pride for what they do. They’re gods in somebody’s eyes.”
The SHS track and field team competed in the Metro League Relays in Englewood Tuesday and will be one of about 18 teams to compete in the Demon Invitational Saturday. Spring break did nothing to deter the endurance of the athletes, who Keyes said are refreshed and ready to run.
“Coming back from spring break, people are still in really good shape,” he said. “In terms of the Metro League Relays, our conditioning was still good. The kids who told me “I didn’t do anything over spring break,’ we call that a taper. I tell them, “You’re not going to be out of shape, you’ve just got fresher legs.’ This Invite is probably the most competitive meet we go to all season. Most of these schools we don’t see again. They’re powerhouses from the Western Slope.”
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