Preview 2011: Raider Indoor Track

INDOOR TRACK

Head Coaches: Kevin McDonald and Bob Collins

Girls’ Roster: Emily Heggie, high jump, long jump, 200 meters, relay; Sophie Creegan, sprints and relay; Bailey Friedman, shot put; Jamie Gullikson, pole vault, hurdles, high jump and relay; Corrin Bedell, 55 meters, 200, 400, 800 and relay; Sage Hennessey, 55 meters, 200, 400, long jump, triple jump and relay.

Boy’s Roster: Austin Ward, 200 meters, long jump, high jump and relay; Scott Pelkie, shot put and relay; Jake Schrader, high jump, long jump, triple jump and relay; Jared Schrader, 800 meters, mile and two mile; Maurice Williams, 200 meters, 400, long jump and triple jump; Tyler O’Keefe, mile and two mile; Andrew Emery, 55 meters, 200, 400 and relay; Milos Mijokov, 55 meters, 200, 400 and relays; Stefan Sjekloca, long jump, 55 meters, 200 and relay; Divine Dockery, 55 meters, 200, 400, long jump, triple jump and relays.

What will it take for the team to be better than a year ago? “To improve, we must maintain the level of commitment we presently have,” Coach McDonald said.

Based on what you have seen in the preseason, what do you feel are the team’s strengths and weaknesses? “Strengths, we are well rounded with most events covered,” Coach McDonald said. “Weaknesses, girls’ distance and boys’ pole vault.”

Team goals? “We have one goal for our team and that is for everyone to improve as the season progresses,” the coach said.

To be competitive, what are the three keys your squad must do? “To be competitive, we must put as many as possible into the State Meet. We encourage commitment, responsibility, fitness and fun,” Coach McDonald said. “Right now we have 33 kids — 21 boys and 12 girls. We have a lot of talent and are very excited. The kids are working very hard and we have no whiners. Last week, we were doing stairs at the fairgrounds — five sets. We made a sixth set optional for everyone. Every kid did Number 6. Bobby and I looked at each other and said, ‘Game On.’”

What an Athlete thinks

What do you see as the three keys for this season?

Jared Schrader: This year, we have a lot of potential showing, with almost double the number of competitors as last season. Three things that I feel will pave the way to victory are hard work, commitment and a supportive team.

What are you most excited about?

Jared Schrader: This season, I am most excited by our multitude in numbers. I feel that with so many people competing, our team is guaranteed to score.

“We will have a good season if we…”

Jared Schrader: We will have a good season if we stay committed to the team, to our coaches, and to ourselves. Go FAIT!

The Schedule

Fri., Jan. 6, 3:30, Greely, Wells, Fryeburg, Poland, Traip, North Yarmouth Academy, Cape Elizabeth

Fri., Jan. 20, 3:30, Cape Elizabeth, Fryeburg, Freeport, Yarmouth, Gray-NG, York

Fri., Jan. 27, 7:30, Cape Elizabeth, Greely, Freeport, Fryeburg, North Yarmouth Academy, Wells

Fri. Feb. 10, 4:30, Western Maine Conference Championships

Mon., Feb. 20, TBA, State Meet at Bates College

Fri., March 2, TBA, New Englands at Reggie Lewis Center

• All regular season meets are held in the Costello Field House at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

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