After restarting the Eminence High School track team five years ago, Steve Frommeyer announced the program will continue this spring.
Frommeyer, who is the school’s principal and head football coach, has decided to continue the program after students showed enough interest. He will be the head coach for a team that has struggled with numbers the last few seasons. There are around 12 athletes wanting to join the squad.
“We’ve had enough to continue forward,” Frommeyer said. “Track is an individual sport for the most part and our kids, without having a track to train on, have to be really self motivated. We will work hard and are committed to having a team.”
The team had a meeting a few weeks ago and had another one on Monday to discuss the upcoming season. No schedule has been lined out and official practice will most likely start next week.
Frommeyer said TJ Cooper, Dre Banta, Trey Lindsey and Tihon Durrett are interested in forming sprint relay teams and running individual sprints; Adam Case wants to run the distance events; and there are three high school girls and four middle schoolers also wanting to compete. During the past five seasons, Eminence has focused on sprints and the jumps but this year could add distance events into the mix with runners from the cross-country team wanting to be involved.
Eminence took a big loss with the graduation of Ed Berry, who qualified for the state meet the previous five seasons, including a second-place finish at the state meet in the high jump. But Cooper returns as the athlete with the most experience. The senior has been one of the leading sprinters and has also qualified for state in the high jump.
“Last year it kind of fizzled out but we have young kids coming up and if the older ones stick it out then this could be a larger team than we’ve had in the past,” Frommeyer explained. “I want to help these kids any way I can.”
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