Breaking in a new season on a fresh new track

Despite a loss, the Sequoits had a successful start to their season, with the highlight being the new field house they’re able to compete in.


Sydney Parker

Junior Julia Kraus prepares for her race.

On Thursday, Feb. 18, the first ever track meet happened at the Lakes-Antioch field house; along with that, a new track season began.

The first ever race run at the field house was the girls and boys 4×200 meter relay. This exciting event was a great start for Antioch because both the girls and boys relays beat the Lakes Eagles and took home the win. Since every race at the meet was the first one that took place this season, the winners at the meet all hold a record.

“It feels pretty good to hold a record [at the field house] even if it [doesn’t stay] for long, because it’s something I can look back on and feel so accomplished,” junior Julia Kraus said.

Kraus was a part of the girls 4×200 meter relay that got first, which was the first race that happened at the field house.  

Since the boys and girls track team is made up of mostly underclassmen, this was some of the runners’ first ever high school meet, along with their first ever indoor meet.

The final score of the meet for the girls track team was 52.33 points for Antioch and 66.66 points for Lakes. The boys track team’s final score was 41 points for Antioch, and 76 points for Lakes.

Now even though Antioch wasn’t able to take home the win this meet, each team now knows what they need to work on for the future.

“We can improve on working together and [continuing] to have great attitudes,” junior Bob Rorhs said.

Not only were the new runners able to run for the first time in the field house, but they were able to try new events.

“I am very proud that everyone was open to trying new things, and we all [gave 100%],” junior Zamora Rodriguez said.

Many returning sequoits threw, ran and jumped for new personal records. Junior Emily Kaluzinski broke her old personal record in triple jump, with her new record being 26’7 meters.

“It felt pretty good and unexpected; it was my first meet and first time jumping in a while so it felt amazing,” Kaluzinski said.

Although the Sequoits didn’t come out on top, the track season is just beginning, so there is a lot of room for improvement and future victories.