In just the program’s third year, the WCHS Track team has already made many improvements compared to its first two seasons. With the increase of athletes, there are more points possible for the team to record. The Cardinals have competed well in every meet during the regular season and hope to carry their momentum into the post-season.
With many new athletes on the roster, it was clear the first meet was going to be an eye opening experience. The season got started at the Lake Cumberland Invitational hosted by Somerset High School. Last year’s regional runner-up shot put thrower Tyler Guffey won the discus with a throw of 123’3” and got edged in the shot put throwing 47’5” scoring a total of 18 points. The other two points for the team came from the 8th place finishes in both the 4x800 meter relay team (Quentyn Parmley, Andrew Dobbs, Drew Bell, and Matthew Coomer) and the 4x400 meter relay team (Quentyn Parmley, Josh McGinnis, Andrew Dobbs, and Drew Bell).
With only five girls on the team, and having four new athletes, it was definitely going to be uncomfortable attempting to compete with the veterans from other teams. Senior Lady Card basketball player Taylor Alexander was one of the newcomers and liked the new sport.
“It’s a big change from staying in the gym,” says Alexander. “I was nervous at first, but as the meet went on I definitely became more confident. I like how it’s more of an individual event and I have to rely on myself more than what I am used to in basketball. Track has been a great experience so far, and I am glad I decided to try something new my senior year.”
The Cards have also done very well in the other regular season meets:
Pulaski County All-Comers
Boys: 7th place with 39 points
Girls: 11th place with 15 points
Boyle County Invitational
Boys: 9th place with 31 points
Girls: 12th place with 9 points
Pulaski County Invitational
Boys: 9th place with 28 points
Girls: 11th place with 14 points
Boys: 6th place with 49 points
Girls: 7th place with 18 points
The 2014 Region 5 Class AA meet will be this Saturday, May 10 at Boyle County High School. Last year, many Cardinal athletes just missed qualifying for the state meet and Tyler Guffey was barely defeated by the regional champ in shot. Head Coach Kevin Jones is very confident heading into the biggest meet of the year.