WAR lets it play out on the track

Published 10:19 pm Friday, January 31, 2020

The Nansemond River High School track and field team will have a different look this season.

As Team WAR steps on the indoor track in various meets, things may look a little different than they have the last couple of seasons for the prominent track program. Team WAR will have a younger look this season, with only one senior on both the boys’ and girls’ teams.

Even with the youth movement, Coach Rob Gill is excited about what’s to come for his group this season.

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“As a coaching staff, we feel good about this year’s track and field athletes,” Gill said. “We are young, but these young athletes have been watching and working with the past few graduating classes, and they know what it takes to be able to perform at a high level.”

Gill, an assistant coach of four years with Team WAR, steps into the place of Coach Marco McKoy for this season due to military obligations McKoy had to fill. However, Gill feels like the transition has been seamless for him, as he already has familiarity with the program, and he knows how things go.

“It’s been seamless,” Gill said. “Our program is run by the way where we can have any of our coaches step in and continue on.”

Spectators this season may not look at Team WAR as they have the past couple of seasons; however, Nansemond River prefers it that way. Gill looks forward to Team WAR flying under the radar until things get interesting during the championship season.

“This year, the athletes know we just want to train hard and continue to develop,” Gill said. “We want to fly under the radar, and just as championship time approaches us, we’ll let our excitement and our work play out on the track.”

With championship season approaching, Nansemond River will stick to what has made them successful the last few years. The goal is to always be peaking by state championship time and then nationals. Things will start at the regional championship meet.