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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Track team ready to peak at EDC meet

  • By Harry Lipsiea
    Journal Sports
    The goal of any coaching staff is that its team is at its best late in the season. That's good news for the Devils Lake track and field team as the squad has found a second gear in the past several weeks. The boys squad is coming off of three first-place finishes while the girls have placed second at back-to-back meets.
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  • By Harry Lipsiea
    Journal Sports
    The goal of any coaching staff is that its team is at its best late in the season. That's good news for the Devils Lake track and field team as the squad has found a second gear in the past several weeks.
    The boys squad is coming off of three first-place finishes while the girls have placed second at back-to-back meets. Now, the Firebirds are preparing for the EDC Regional Meet Saturday in Grand Forks. Going into the event, the squad's goal is simple.
    "To get as many athletes qualified for the state meet as possible," Jake Wateland, co-head track coach, commented. "If our athletes are competing at their highest level, team points will be where we want them to be."
    In preparation for the regional meet, the squad has had an entire week to refine its skills. The hard work put in during practices will reflect the Firebirds' performance at the EDC Saturday, senior Katie Brandt noted.
    "We have worked very hard," the thrower, who qualified for state in the discus as a sophomore and junior, pointed out. "Each day, we have just concentrated on getting that personal best. Everything that we have done is leading up to regionals."
    Wateland agrees that the members of the team have put a great deal of time and effort into the season. It's been an enjoyable season to be a part of, the coach commented.
    "I've been very pleased with the development of our team as the season has progressed. The accountability, attitude and work ethic have been excellent," he said.
    "It has been a pleasure working with this group of student athletes."
    Being successful Saturday will come down to mental preparedness just as much as being physically ready, senior Taylor Vistad stated.
    "It's important to be confident going into regionals," she stated. "I think the more we focus, the better we will be." While the team's main goal is to qualify as many athletes as possible, sophomore Bradley Davidson believes that the Firebirds have what it takes to make some noise among the EDC.
    "I think we are the underdogs coming in," the sprinter, who has qualified for state in four different events, commented. "But if we perform to our potential, I think we could do pretty well in the team standings."
    Wateland is confident that the group will have another successful showing in Grand Forks.
    "We are where we need to be at this point in the season," the mentor said. "If we come mentally prepared we can have a great day on Saturday."
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