Three-sport athletes quickly get ready for track season

She went directly from volleyball season to basketball practice.

After her basketball season ended last week, Katie Lewis had all of three practices this week to prepare for track season.

The Fruita Monument High School junior is used to going from season to season with very little time to regroup.

Lewis was on the track Friday for the season-opening Central Relays at Stocker Stadium.

Having run the 400 meters during the previous two years, Lewis is looking to add to her repertoire this season.

“I’m hoping to try the 300 hurdles,” she said. “It’s something I’ve never tried,”

Lewis’ mother ran the hurdles in high school.

“Just the attack mentality of getting over that last hurdle looks like fun,” she said.

Everyone who competed in the eight-team relay meet Friday had some rust to scrape off their running, jumping and throwing form.

Palisade junior Jeremy Hayden is out for track for the first time this season. Like Lewis, his basketball season ended last week.

“I’ve only been to three or four track practices,” Hayden said.

He decided to go out for track to do some cross training.

“I wanted to get better at basketball,” he said. “I wanted to get faster.”

Hayden expects to work primarily on the jumping events.

“(I want to) get a higher vertical, get a faster defensive slide,” he said.

Like Lewis, he’s finding that although he was in excellent basketball shape, track takes a different type of conditioning.

That’s even more true for wrestlers. Glenwood Springs senior Greg Orosz, who placed fifth in the 275-pound division at the Class 4A state wrestling championships two weeks ago, ran the anchor leg for the Demons in the coed throwers relay.

“Yeah, that was awesome,” Orosz said of crossing the finish line first, something he’s rarely had the opportunity to do.

In fact, Orosz said, his 100-meter sprint was the fastest he’s run since football season.

“Wrestling shape is endurance,” said Orosz, who throws the shot put and discus in the spring. “Track shape is explosion and speed.”

One athlete who hasn’t had to make that transition is Central senior Nolan Curtis. A football player in the fall and a sprinter in the spring, Curtis spent the winter getting ready for the track.

“I did some training on my own — running at the park, coming here and doing sprints, running a couple of times a week,” Curtis said.

His first meet this season went well.

Fruita Monument and Central tied for the team title in the boys meet with 81 points, three ahead of Glenwood Springs.

Rifle won the girls meet with 87 points, defeating Glenwood Springs by 14 points.


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