by Rob Tetro
Practices for the Phoenix boys varsity indoor track team began with the main goal of maintaining the momentum that the team established last season with the hope of once again being a competitive opponent for some of the other top teams in Section 3.
A year ago, Phoenix finished in second place behind Jamesville-DeWitt in both indoor and outdoor track seasons.
This season, the Firebirds moved down from the Freedom League in Class A to the Liberty League in Class B.
The Firebirds look forward to seeing just how well they will measure up against Liberty League opponents while aiming for another successful season. Many athletes who were on the team last season are returning to the team this season.
According to Coach Keith Walberger, his athletes anxiously anticipate the opportunity to prove themselves. Most of the hungry athletes that Walberger speaks of are juniors and seniors who have gained an abundance of experience during the past few seasons.
In light of participation in fall sports, most of the athletes were in tremendous physical condition as practices began. Many of Walberger’s athletes took part in varsity cross country this fall with girls varsity indoor track coach Andy Lewis. Walberger credited Lewis for the work he did this fall getting the athletes in the solid physical condition that they were in when practices began. However, Walberger is also impressed by the effort his athletes put in over the summer, which physically prepared them to be ready for both cross country and indoor track season.
Currently, Phoenix appears to be in solid physical condition. Walberger expects his team to be as physically prepared as possible when they compete in their season opening meet.