Springers track team now off and running
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Looking for a definition for success can lead to a variety of answers.
“Pain is weakness leaving your body,” explains Crystal Garrison to her summer track team.
That’s one definition.
She runs her team by this philosophy and knows if the kids can grasp this concept they can get through anything.
Garrison, who is in her second year of coaching the Springers summer track and field program, has had the added pressure of bringing its popularity back. Before Garrison stepped in last summer, the program was on a two-year hiatus.
Moving to Glenwood from California, where she was a high school track coach, Garrison had a void that needed to be filled. The Glenwood Springs High School track team had no available coaching spots, so Garrison took over for the Springers team.
Last year the team only gained about 30 kids for the summer. Through hard work and getting the word out, the team is returning to the size it used to be. Around 80 kids stepped onto the track this summer.
Garrison is a physical education teacher at Glenwood Springs Elementary School where she put together a track portion for the curriculum. Being involved in a school setting again helped her get the word out about the summer track program, which 5- to 17-year-olds are welcome to join.
The majority of the track team is made up of 8- to 13 year-olds. The kids practice Monday through Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
“The loyalty, dedication and hard work show how amazing the kids are,” Garrison said. “I am very proud of how hard they are working.”
Garrison said the hardest part of running a summer program is that she can’t require attendance. Last summer she had a hard time with this problem, but feels this year’s good attendance is part of the reason the program is booming again.
“I am 100 percent confident that the program will be as good as it was,” Garrison said.
The club track team is the only one this side of the Continental Divide.
On Thursday, the Springers Community Track Meet makes its return. The meet is the club’s biggest fundraiser. Garrison is excited for her team to have other athletes to compete against.
The track meet is open to all ages and also has relay categories open to local businesses.
Garrison is hoping they get an idea of what a true competitive track meet is like. Glenwood Springers versus the community will be a chance for the kids to have a fun, competitive meet where they can push themselves further to use all of their hard work, Garrison said.
Specialized coaches help Garrison with the club. Taylor and Madison Goodstein focus on hurdles, jumping is handled by Cindy Scholl, Mariah Blair helps with distance, Taylor Allmon is the assistant sprint coach, and Greg Orosz helps the kids with throwing.
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