It was a bitter sweet day for the Elsberry Indians as they were unable to medal at the 2013 State Track Meet. However, Elsberry Head Coach Scott Cleveland said he is still extremely happy at how well the team did in the season, with all the challenges they faced.
“We had several athletes improve their personal records, several were first team all conference, some made it through district and sectionals and four young men made it to state,” said Cleveland. “I don’t think I would change much about the season, I can’t change the weather so we just had to adjust and over come. As I said earlier that many athletes beat their personal record and that is what I am looking for.”
Cleveland went on to say how proud he was to see the Indians go farther distances in throwing and jumping, higher heights in pole vault and high jump and faster times on the track. In his opinion they all shined as a group. But one thing he is sad about is losing a number of his seniors.
“Losing strong seniors always hurts, but if some of the young men that did not run this year, come out next year and work up to their abilities, we should be fine,” said Cleveland. “We have some upcoming eighth graders that will help out also.”
According to Cleveland, he enjoys many of the events in track, but relays are always his favorite. He explained that at conference he overheard some athletes, from another school, say they thought they had the race won and was in the lead for most of the 4×200 race. The athlete he mentioned said, “Where did Elsberry come from? I was in the lead and looking at the finish line, the next thing you know Charles Fraction passes me and leaves me and everyone else.”
Cleveland said he loves to hear when other schools worry about running, throwing or jumping against the Elsberry Team.
“I wish all seniors good luck in their future plans and I hope they continue to stay active in sports,” said Cleveland. “I’ll try to keep in contact with them to see how they are adjusting to their college life and to see if they are in any sports. They will be missed for their athletic ability and their leadership ability.”
As for the returning athletes, Cleveland said he would like to encourage them to stay active, play other sports, but not to get hurt.
“They should look into weight training as a class for next year to build strength in their legs,” said Cleveland. “Next years track schedule will be changing because of local schools getting all weather tracks. This means that more students and members of the community will be able to come and enjoy track meets without the long drive. We hope to see more people from Elsberry at our meets.”