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MG athletes turn out for track
MARYSVILLE — The spring showers may come down in torrents, but that doesn’t stop Marysville Getchell’s track and field team from turning out and competing.
Entering its third season in athletics, MG’s track team will welcome back a host of returning talent.
“We’re very senior heavy,” MG head track and field coach Kim Edens said.
But MG’s track and field team’s strength also lies in its size.
Since it’s opening, MG has had no trouble bringing out potential athletes to compete.
“We have always been big in numbers, especially when you have a new program,” Edens said. “We have had close to 100 players that have come out.”
Despite being such a new program, Edens has seen no real problems obstructing the team this season.
Though the team is just a few years old, the Chargers have improved each season, especially last season.
“Last year, we took a good group to State, whereas the first year, we only took one,” Edens said. “I’m looking forward to seeing if we can improve upon that.”
Improvement in general is what Edens is looking forward to most this season. “We train very hard,” Edens said. “We can take kids that have hardly any experience, and by the end of the season, they are improving by seconds in the runs, or by feet in shotput or discus.”
Edens said MG’s strongest events last year were the throws, jumps and relays. “In the end, when we went to State, we had an exceptional thrower,” she said about 2013 graduate Alfredo Diaz. “Shotput and discus were a strong suit.”
In the jumps, Kaitlyn McCormick and Zander Seymer made it to State. In the relays, Eugene Marcus, Antonio Larson, Jesse Pavilando and Daniel McNabb for the 4x400 boys relay team, and Katie Cole, Kyrin Jarvis, Makenzie Terrell and Kelsee Crenshaw for the 4x200 girls relay team, made it to State as well.
Last season at State, McCormick placed seventh and some other MG athletes medaled according to Edens.
The relay teams weren’t able to make it in the finals, but they still performed well.
“It’s not like we ran poorly,” Edens said. “It’s just really good competition.”
MG competing with other challenging schools at State during the last season will benefit the Chargers’ current season.
“It was a good experience,” Edens said. “And every year we try to add a new level of competition and seriousness.”
And the high expectations that Edens sets for her athletes have shown results.
“We now get athletes that now expect to get to State,” she said. “There’s only one option, and that’s to get there.”
On top of experience and size, MG also has youth and potential on its side. “This year’s freshmen class is huge,” Edens said. “We’ve got some young kids and I’m excited to see what they can bring.”