Springers Track Camp through the eyes of a camper
Editor’s Note: The following story is a first-person account of what it is like to be a participant at the Springers Track Club Summer Camp, going on this week at Glenwood High School. The Springers, who normally have a full summer-season, were forced to reduce their season to one week-long camp after not being able to find a head coach for the program. This story was completely written by 14-year-old camper Taylor Goodstein after Tuesday’s camp and has only been edited for clarity and style.
My name is Taylor Goodstein and I am going to be a freshman at Glenwood Springs High School. I have participated in Springers Track Club for three years total, with the first being when I was about 9 years old. I am now 14 and have done Springers for the past two years and loved every minute of it. It is just a great way to stay in shape, have fun, get to know people and just pass time during the summer.I am disappointed there wasn’t a summer-long program this year, but I am glad they still managed to have a much shorter one. It’s better than not at all.
Out of all the events to choose from, the event I spend most, if not all, my time on is hurdles. The hurdles is one event out of many different types of events, ranging from the 1,600-meter run to the high jump. With so many to choose from, it is easy for me to say that there is an event for everyone in track and field.The coaches this year are Mr. (Blake) Risner and Mr. (Mike) Kishimoto. The coaches are really good at what they do. Mr. Kishimoto is a good hurdles coach so I am happy about that. Mr. Risner is the main coach, as he handles the sprinting, high jump and other events. They are really nice and are able to help you and explain things in a way that even little kids can understand.
The first day of this year’s program was Monday. Of course, the first day was a little slow with coaches having to explain everything, set down the rules and techniques and so forth. But on Monday, two people that I am sure everyone is familiar with, Chas and Marco Salmen (former Springers who now run for Duke University), took the older kids on a run down to Two Rivers Park. They are really nice and easy-going, so it wasn’t awkward running with two long-distance champs. I have gotten the chance to meet a lot of other great athletes and I believe we are even going to meet an Olympic athlete (Jeanne Golay, a Glenwood resident who took sixth in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games in road cycling and came to speak to the Springers on Wednesday) at some point. Being a physical education teacher at Glenwood Springs Middle School and the GSHS track coach, Mr. Risner, of course always has something to say about healthy choices and staying in shape. For example: eat right, stay active and all that jazz.Anyway, the Springers Track Club is definitely a great choice for someone who needs something to do for the summer.
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