Rock­mart track team on the start­ing line for 2019 sea­son

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Lorene Parker loren­[email protected]

Af­ter fin­ish­ing their past sea­sons in the top of their re­gion, the Rock­mart track team’s 2019 sea­son is un­der­way with their first meet be­ing held last week.

The Lady Jack­ets have fin­ished as back-to-back 7-AA Re­gion Cham­pi­ons for the past two years and al­though the Jack­ets fell short as Run­nerUp last year, they earned the Re­gion Champ ti­tle in their pre­vi­ous 2017 sea­son.

Prac­tice and con­di­tion­ing for both track teams be­gan in early Fe­bru­ary. Many ath­letes had a late start to the track sea­son due to both of the bas­ket­ball teams ad­vanc­ing into the state play­off games.

Head coach Rhett Par­son feels that with many ath­letes back on the track, the team has a good chance of hav­ing a long sea­son.

“With many re­turn­ing, I feel pretty good that we will def­i­nitely make a run at the Re­gion ti­tle, but hope­fully we will make it into the top three at State as well,” Par­son said.

Look­ing for­ward to the sea­son, Par­son has goals for im­prove­ments on small but im­por­tant de­tails.

Par­son hopes to “get bet­ter and peak at the right time” and “make sure re­lays and hand­offs are cor­rect.”

“We want to be in our best shape and per­form­ing like a well-oiled ma­chine in or­der to hit our best marks be­fore Re­gions and lead­ing into the State meet,” he added.

Par­son named sev­eral re­turn­ing ath­letes Zo­ryan Hen­dricks, ZJ What­ley, Mar­cus Smith, Chan­dler Cooper, and Travis McK­in­ney as ones to watch this year.

“A few of these se­niors have now been with me for three years. I feel like they will be ready and chomp­ing at the bit to be suc­cess­ful,” Par­son said.

Be­fore last week­end’s meet in Rome, Par­son stated that he was look­ing for­ward to watch­ing the team com­pete.

“The kids will be pushed to the test be­cause they prob­a­bly aren’t in 100 per­cent shape for track,” Par­son said. “I just want to see them com­pete and do the best they can.”

Par­son also noted that the team will miss a key mem­ber, Cam­bree Stan­ley, due to an in­jury that oc­curred dur­ing her bas­ket­ball sea­son.

The Jack­ets faced many teams at Bar­ron Sta­dium for their first meet of the sea­son, in­clud­ing Rome, North Pauld­ing, South Pauld­ing, Bre­men, and Ken­ne­saw Moun­tain.

Com­ing up af­ter press team will host a track Var­sity team will later on March 16th. Times are time, the Rock­mart JV meet on Tues­day and the travel to Gor­don Cen­tral to be an­nounced.

left and above: Track ath­letes were out on the new sur­face at Rock­mart High School get­ting in prac­tice ahead of forth­com­ing events.

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