Indian Land track team young, ambitious

bdountz@fortmilltimes.comFebruary 24, 2014 

— After coming off a successful season last year, the Indian Land track team is striving to become one of the best in the state.

“Our goal is to get 20 to state this year,” coach Barry Hallums said. “But it is not just sports. We also strive for academic excellence as well.”

What Hallums’ team has in ambition and classroom dedication, it lacks in senior experience. The boys’ squad has only three seniors and the girls’ squad has none.

“We have one of the youngest teams in the region, maybe in the state,” Hallums said, “but I believe it is also one of the best.”

Among the leaders, senior Manny Delgado, who is a favorite to compete at state in the 400-meter dash, said his formula for success is simple:

“Arriving at practice everyday and giving 100 percent is really all you can do in order to succeed,” he said.

Shot put coach Meg Sweeney explained that, although many track events has athletes compete as individuals, the Warriors emphasize togetherness.

“We warm up as a team and keep them moving,” she said. “We like to have a family feel at all times and that gives us a huge advantage.”

Indian Land’s season begins March 1 against Nation Ford.

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