by Rob Tetro
According to Fulton boys varsity track and field Coach Dave Wilson, the goals that the team has for the season apply to both the athletes as individuals and as a team.
Wilson pointed out that his athletes can’t control the climate in which they compete in but they can control how they perform in terms of time, height and distance.
He hopes that each athlete can develop as the season progresses. For the team to succeed overall, it is imperative that players can establish and then re-establish personal bests in the events that they take part in, he said.
With only 29 athletes participating, Fulton is a comparatively smaller team. However, like previous seasons, the expectations they have for the season as a team remain the same.
Despite being considered a smaller team, the Raiders will aim to have a .500 or higher record.
Seventeen of the 29 athletes on the team are participants who are returning from last season’s team. Of those 17 athletes, five are seniors.
This season’s group of seniors are Mark Aldasch (hurdler/sprinter), Casey Holden (middle distance/high jump), Dylan Holden (middle distance), Nate Hackett (shot put) and George Snyder (shot put).
At the beginning of the season, Wilson expected a strong majority of his athletes to be in decent physical condition as a result of their participation in Winter Sports.
Wilson opted not to name any formal captains. He suggested that because coaches can’t be at every event of a meet, he expects his junior and senior athletes to serve as leadership figures for other athletes.
Wilson said that sophomore Matt Coleman (pole vault) and junior Kyle Loftus (distance runner) have what it takes to be leadership figures for other athletes in their respective events as well.
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