Wheaton track program growing
Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs expanding events
Last year, no Wheaton athletes competed in jumping events in track — not this year.
Lewis West, Wheaton track coach, said the program is 16 members strong this season, with eight boys and eight girls.
“We have Seniors Robbie Prewitt, Zane Smith, Zane Johnson and Coy Harper for boys track,” West said. “Monica Hinojosa, Sui Pau, and Sui Cuai are seniors for our girls.”
Along with the hike in numbers has come a hike in events.
“Wheaton did not have any athletes in jumping events last year,” West said. “This year we have several athletes competing in long jump and high jump.”
Where the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs are excelling more is on the track, especially in hurdles and distance running.
“Fernando Gonzalez is doing well in both 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles,” West said. “Zane Johnson and Lakeisha Wise are doing well in the 3200-meter distance. Monica Hinojosa, while limited due to splitting time with softball, is performing well in the javelin and shot put.”
West said the upperclassmen have been the biggest help this season in getting younger athletes going.
“The older athletes have done a nice job of helping younger athletes work on their technique in similar events,” West said. “They also run a mixed relay of both boys, girls, and junior high track athletes, which helps build chemistry, camaraderie and fun competition.”
With the fun comes a side of hard work, and West said the team is focused right now on small improvements.
“I expect the athletes to continue to improve in their events, continue to improve their distances and times in each future meet and hopefully improve on their personal bests in their events,” he said.
West is assisted by Ashley Trask. The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs run next at the Mt. Vernon meet on Thursday.