Bulldogs look forward to outdoor season
Published 10:11 pm Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Bulldogs track and field team is looking forward to the outdoor season after competing in the Class 4 indoor state meet over the weekend.
The Class 4 state meet shaped up with a bunch of individual performances for King’s Fork High School. Leading up to the state meet, King’s Fork’s athletes did suffer some injuries, but many still turned in good individual performances. Nasir Davis was the most significant talent absent for the Bulldogs. He had qualified for the 55-meter and 300-meter and was the lead off in the 4×200 relay team.
“The kids that were healthy performed well, and they did a good job of overcoming the adversity presented by not having everyone available,” King’s Fork coach Shawn Warren said. “Nasir would have likely earned us points in all three events, but we didn’t want to risk him re-aggravating the injury with the start of the outdoor season so close.”
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Bryan Walker also got injured in the high jump prelims. He had the top three best jumps before his injury, so the misfortunate likely led to the Bulldogs missing out on valuable points. The Bulldogs didn’t head up to Roanoke College over the weekend looking to win a state title, but they were looking for some individual performances on which to build.
Shamond Smith finished third in the 1,000-meter run. Robert Vasquez finished ninth in the boys’ 500 meters. On the girls’ side, Amari Urbanski finished sixth in the high jump.
“Overall, we were pleased with our performance,” Warren said. “The kids gave it all they had, and that’s all you can ask. But as coaches, we realized we absolutely have to develop more depth as we head outdoors. That way we will be in a better position to try to mitigate instances when individuals go down with injuries, and we have to plug someone else in.”
King’s Fork will rehab injuries and will take some time off before coming back and preparing for the outdoor season.
“We’re going to give everyone the week off to rest, rehab and recharge, and then we will get ready to transition into outdoor,” Warren said. “But we will bring our injured kids back a little more slowly to make sure they are healthy.”