Kamiak track | Spring sports previews
Coach: Paul Kirkpatrick (boys) Bill Costello (girls)
Number of athletes: 140 total, roughly 65 girls and 75 boys
Last season: The Knights girls finished the season 1-6 in dual meets, while the boys were 4-3 in league. Both teams sent members to the district and state meets last spring.
Strengths: “The guys have some real strengths coming back, they have a fairly solid distance core,” said girls head coach Bill Costello. “The girls side it's really a rebuilding year, a transition year, there's a lot of promise in turns of young kids. We've got a really nice group of freshman athletes who came out from other sports like basketball that we haven't had in a while, so we're hoping our relays will be significantly better.”
Focus: “It's really just reintroducing them to the sport and making sure they have good core strength to build and team bonding and affiliation,” said the coach. “The second week is going to be a little more about the specifics which events, pulling out hurdles, starting to bring tapes out. Then we have a little jamboree to see.”
Meets to watch: “I think the dual meet season is something we really enjoy because the whole team is involved and it's not so specialized where only the best are getting involved,” said the coach. “Once to the invitationals, one that we really enjoy is Bellevue which is a big state wide, it's really six, seven weeks into the season. By then it's a really good test of the really upper level kids.
The Knights will start the season with a home meet at Goddard Field against Marysville-Pilchuck and Shorewood on Thursday, March 27.