Running through the six….degree weather

  It’s December and Broughton’s most serious runners know what that means: freezing cold workouts, and running through the rain.

  Indoor track, more commonly known as winter track, is a unique sport because it defies its name. The meets are indoors but the majority of the season’s spent training outside. Events are shorter than the cross country races, and similar to those of spring track and field.

  “The hardest part is definitely how cold it is,” sophomore Jacob Wells said.

  The winter track team is made up of mostly cross country runners, track runners, or both, trying to stay in shape. This hard work can really pay off during future seasons.

  “There are not many meets because it’s just transitioning from cross country to spring track. The winter track team is usually made up of Broughton’s top runners plus a few extra who want more conditioning.” sophomore Wells said.

  “I’m excited to train with my friends and hopefully race in the state meet,” junior Lanier Derbyshire said.

  Derbyshire also explained that since cross country runs (no pun intended) long through the fall season, winter track doesn’t really pick up until early December. Also, there are only three meets in which the top seven runners get to compete. This has its pros and cons.

  “The best part about winter track is that you don’t have to race as much, which means there’s less pressure,” sophomore Grace Boney said.

  Within the next few weeks, Broughton students may notice runners hard at work from 2:45 to 4:30 on and around the track and Holliday Gym, led by coach David Christian. Since the meets are indoors, there will be no meets at Broughton. Instead they will be farther away at indoor track facilities, like the one in Winston Salem. Theses meets will start in January. Still, Broughton students can always come out and support their peers.

  “I’m excited to win. I think it’s gonna go great,” junior Zyonna Jordan said. “I think we’ll do well this year.”