Both Sterling High School track teams open up the season Friday in Deer Park at the Jim Kethan relays.
Boys head coach Ron McDowell and new girls coach Natasha Fisher both head into the spring feeling optimistic about their rosters and a chance to make some noise this season.
Fisher came in ready to motivate her athletes using her style of approach knowing it could deter some girls. After getting started she is now ready to go with the opening meet.
“Now that our season is here, I am excited about the team and the athletes that made it through,” Fisher said. “We have been working on mindset and goals and sisterhood, along with reaching expectations and wanting more out of this season.”
Fisher has plenty of talent to work with including sprinters Trinity Sinegal and Bailee St. Romain who is also a long and triple jumper and hurdler.
Fisher also liked the potential of Gia Watch, Bryane King, Cyprianna Jones and Tennille Bell in sprints and distance runners Michelle Landry, Marlen Alvarez, and Melanie Chavez.
“I believe as long as we continue to work hard and trust the process we will do some amazing things this season,” Fisher said.
McDowell is in year seven in charge of the boys and thinks improving on an eighth-place district finish is doable.
He returns Kyle Arclies who qualified for the area meet in the high jump, sprinter and jumper Tayvion Haggerty and Leo Cantu and Khafre Williams in the 400 meters.
“Kyle Arclies is determined to improve on last year’s area meet performance in the high jump and continue on to the region meet,” McDowell said.
Cameron Chin is a newcomer who could also score points following a strong freshman year in various 200 and 400-meter events.
“Cameron was a standout during his freshman season and has already posted a 49.75 over 400 meters,” McDowell said. “We have some solid performers but we lack depth.”