Senior numbers are low, but morale is high for the DGS boys track team this spring. As they make the transition from indoor to outdoor, Sprints Coach Dustin Hausherr knows how different the two tracks can be.
“The largest difference is the tracks we are running on. You can compete on a 160-meter or a 200-meter track indoors.There are more curves that will equal slower times for the athletes. All the tracks outdoors are 400 meters and athletes can start to focus on the times and distances they need to hit to qualify for the State meet in [the] end of May,” Hausherr said.
Just like the tracks, this years team’s mentality has also changed. Losing by just a few points last year at the WSG Conference meet, Hausherr believes that the experience, while disappointing, has given this year’s team an edge that could not be taught otherwise.
“We fell just a few points short last year to Willowbrook, but I believe that has helped us regain our focus and has motivated us to work that much harder this season,” Hausherr said.
Junior Adam Gray is one of the team captains and not only sees this new mentality, but also a camaraderie within the team that isn’t found in the average cut sport.
“Our dynamic is unique having the team be a no cut sport, it creates healthy competition within the team by running in open meets and showing what you’ve got. But also, it has a family feel. Everyone knows everyone. We can joke and kid with each other, and I feel that’s a great thing to have within a team no matter the sport,” Gray said.
Junior Jeremy Taylor agrees with Grey and thinks that this team has the mental toughness to take healthy criticism because it benefits more than just themselves.
“We push each other because we want everyone to be better than they were before. Improving the individual not only improves them, but also impacts us as well as the team,” Taylor said.