Sprinting into spring sports

With the riflery team ending the winter season with a bang, some athletes are already warming up their running shoes in preparation for the season ahead.

Track and Field Head Coach Mari Kuroyama hopes the season will be successful for not only individual athletes but also the team as a whole.

We are looking for motivated and dedicated athletes who want to improve their personal fitness in various Track and Field events,” she said.

Her expectations are simple.

“My expectations are for the athletes to work hard and trust the system,” she said.

Track and Field workouts, she said, are designed for athletes to excel in various events, including sprints, jumps, middle, distance, hurdles, distance, relay or throwing. Some students participate in both track and field events, while others focus on one specific event.

Kuroyama hopes that athletes will be encouraging toward one another and support each other during practices and meets. She also hopes that, by the end of the season, the athletes will be at their personal best.

Students participating in the Sacred Hearts Academy athletics program are required to complete concussion testing and receive medical clearance from their doctor.

According to Kuroyama, an average level of fitness is required of Track and Field athletes, as some workouts may be intense. Coaches will recommend and place each student into a respective event.

Practices will be held primarily at Saint Louis School. Starting next month, athletes will have weight training and conditioning prior to practices a few times a week.

Other spring sports include: varsity and intermediate softball, golf, sailing, tennis, water polo and judo. Christian School Athletic League (CSAL) basketball will also be open to students.