Demons continue to prepare for competition
Despite temperatures in the 30s the last two weeks, the Washington boys’ track and field team has been practicing outside nearly every day, dodging snowdrifts on the Case Field track.
“There was snow on the track last night, but we ran around it,” Washington head coach Steve Roth said.
Unseasonably cold temperatures and snow kept the Demons inside for the first couple of weeks of practice, but Roth and his runners could only stay cooped up inside for so long.
“I don’t care, we’ve been going,” Roth said. “We haven’t been running hard, but we’ve been outside. We can get 10 times more done outside than we can in the gym.”
Workouts have been short and light, but Roth still prefers to be outside than inside the high school.
“We’ve been outside 25-45 minutes,” he said. “Forty-five minutes tops. We got a great workout in last night. But it wasn’t full speed. They’ll pull something.”
Cold temperatures canceled the Demons’ home meet last Thursday, the first time the Washington Relays have been canceled in their 53-year history. The team’s meet at West Burlington scheduled for yesterday was canceled, and a junior varsity meet in Fort Madison scheduled for tonight was canceled.
“It’s very frustrating,” Roth said. “It’s tough right now to keep them mentally focused on what they’re doing. It’s very frustrating because we need to compete. We’ve practiced long enough that now we need to compete.”
The Demons will hopefully compete in their first outdoor meet of the season on Thursday when they travel to Mt. Pleasant. The co-ed meet is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
“My biggest fear is that they’ll hurt themselves on Thursday, but what do you do?” Roth asked. “I’m only going to run them in two events apiece.”
Demon girls’ track team changes venues
The girls’ track and field meet at Mediapolis scheduled for Thursday, March 28, which Washington was scheduled to attend, has been canceled. Instead, the Demon girls will now be attending the Mt. Pleasant co-ed track meet on that day. That meet is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.