Want a first look at the Washington girls' track team? Check out the Demon Indoor.
Although the Washington girls’ track and field team began practice on Feb. 11, the members of the team that played basketball just joined the fold earlier this week. Those athletes were a bit taken aback to find out they had a track meet coming up in less than a week.
“The basketball girls are like, ‘Really? We’ve been here for four days,’” Washington head girls’ track and field coach Stefanie Tschantz said. “They’re excited. Nervous.”
After just a handful of practices, many of those athletes will be competing at Monday’s fifth-annual Demon Indoor at the University of Iowa Rec Building in Iowa City. Luckily for them, the meet is more of a warm-up for the Demons than a competition.
“It’s just pretty much a break in practice,” Tschantz said. “I don’t view it as a meet necessarily.”
Tschantz will take approximately 18 runners from its 40-girl roster to the meet. Many will be upperclassmen and state qualifiers from last year’s squad, but Tschantz also plans to take a few talented freshmen.
“We have a 4x800 B with some freshmen just to get some times on them,” she said. “And a couple of freshman hurdlers. But mainly state qualifiers from last year.”
Senior Lauren Kimball, who was a member of Washington’s state qualifying shuttle hurdle and 4x400 relays last season, won’t run on Monday after spraining her left ankle during the Demon girls’ basketball team’s season-ending loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier. But she could possibly still high jump.
“It’s still swollen,” Tschantz said of Kimball’s ankle. “She’s been jogging a little bit, but you can tell it’s still bothering her. I’m not going to take any chances.”
The competition will be tough at Monday’s meet, which will begin at 5 p.m. The meet will feature 26 of the area’s best girls’ track and field squads, including Bettendorf, Burlington, Central Lee, Clear Creek-Amana, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Cedar Rapids Xavier, Davenport Assumption, Davenport Central, Davenport North, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Iowa City High, Iowa City West, Linn-Mar, Mediapolis, Mt. Pleasant, Mount Vernon-Lisbon, Southeast Polk, Urbandale, WACO, Waukee, West Branch, West Des Moines Valley, West Liberty, Williamsburg and the host Demons.
“[The goal is] just to compete,” Tschantz said. “And get some times on some kids. Just change things up from a normal practice.”
Events will include the shot put, high jump, 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash, 4x800 relay, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 1,500-meter run, distance medley relay and the 4x400 relay.
Washington will have another indoor meet when it travels to the Central Indoor in Pella on March 16. Then the Demons will open the outdoor season at Columbus on March 22.