Raven Track and Field gets off to a fast start

Olathe Northwest competed in their first track meet of the season last Friday. Lawrence Free State held the “Free State Early Bird.” The meet included all of the Olathe schools, Lawrence High, Lawrence Free State, and Topeka Seaman. This meet was composed of both JV and Varsity athletes. The meet is a good representation of where the athletes stand against other solid 6A competition.

Twenty-eight Ravens placed in the top six in a multitude of events. Four athletes however took home second place honors.

Along with the Early Bird being the first meet of the season for the athletes, it was also Coach Bell’s first meet as a head coach.

“I think the team performed well,” said Coach Bell. “The first meet is supposed to a barometer for where the athletes are at currently, and that’s exactly what it did.”

Times or marks this early in the season will not be as high as they will be in May. The training program here at Northwest is designed to make sure the athletes’ peak just in time for the important meets like regionals and hopefully state.

“Results aren’t going to look good in March, but as a coach you look for other things different than just the final result,” said Bell.

With a successful meet the rest of the season looks promising for the Raven track and field team.

“I saw excellent examples of teamwork and leadership that we will need to be successful when it counts,” said Bell. “This meet is simply the first step in our long journey to success later in the year.”

The Varsity track and field squad will be competing this Saturday at Shawnee Mission South.