Belleview and Citrus prowl into Panther territory for a track meet

Players from Lecanto High School, Citrus High School and Belleview High School sprint to the finish to get the fastest time and win. (Photo: Coleman)

Players from Lecanto High School, Citrus High School and Belleview High School sprint to the finish to get the fastest time and win. (Photo: Coleman)

Belleview High School and Citrus High School came to the Panther territory for a girls’ and boys’ track meet Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Track and field has many different types of events that involve jumping, running, and throwing. Since every person is different, they compete in different events to the best of their ability to get the highest jump, fastest run, or farthest throw.

“The events I participate in are the 100-meter high hurdles, 300-meter low hurdles, high jump, and triple jump,” junior Summer VanQuelef said.

“I normally do the 800 and the 4 x 800,” junior Jack Clark said. “Sometimes [I do] the 4 x 400.”

Some of the players think that their performance for the event they competed in was good at the track meet.

“Overall, I think I performed rather well considering I [got a personal record] in two events,” VanQuelef said. “In the other events, I knew I had higher performance capability, but I was satisfied.”

“I did all right in the 4 x 800 relay and my other events,” Clark said.

Juniors Britny Vickers, Taylor Christian and VanQuelef enjoy what they all do in track and field.

“[I like track and field because] it’s fast moving and really competitive,” Christian said.

“I like to do the hurdles because to me, it is definitely one of the more challenging events in track and field,” VanQuelef said. “Running and jumping at the same time isn’t as easy as it looks, so it makes me feel proud knowing I can do it. As for triple jump, I like it because it builds a huge rush knowing once you’re at full speed, you can take your jump and fly through the air.”

“I love to do the high jump because I’m really good, and I find it fun,” Vickers said.

“[I also] like high jump because it builds a good base with your jumping skills overall, and it’s a fun event,” VanQuelef said.

No matter how the performers compete, they know that there is always next time and improvement is key to building skill. Also, although track and field is known for being an individual sport, they work together and the players cheer on fellow teammates.

“There is always something that we athletes as individuals and together as a team can improve on. We all have our ‘bad’ days where some of us don’t perform as well as usual, but it happens to the best of us. As a team though, we perform exceptionally well,” VanQuelef said.

“There is always room for improvement, but this was the last regular season meet, so most people were just having fun,” Clark said.

“I did better than I have been, but you can only improve,” Christian said. “We always have something to work on [and] not everyone is going to be perfect.”