Arrowhead’s Track and Field Team is on the Road to State

Autumn Treml and Lucy Duchac

May 23, 2022, marked the Arrowhead Track and Field team’s path towards State. 

 

State qualifications begin at regionals—taking place on May 23, 2022, at Oconomowoc high school. The top four finishers from regionals moved onto the sectionals meet. 

 

Sophie Herriot, the Arrowhead track co-captain with Lucy Duchac, says she prepares for regionals by “Not overthinking it.” Saying she has “put in thousands of hours of practice and it’s time to show that off one last time at Arrowhead.”

 

Physical preparations are also important for meets. Many runners can be seen drinking extra water, ice bathing, and going to bed earlier before their meets. 

 

Presley Hansen, a senior at Arrowhead, says she usually prepares “by getting good sleep, staying hydrated, eating healthy, and having a positive attitude.” 

 

The sectional meet took place at Arrowhead on May 26, 2022. The top three finishers were qualified for state. 

 

Unlike many team sports, for Track and Field, all state qualifications are individual and the team does not qualify for State as a whole. Therefore, coaches attempt to get as many athletes to state in order to have better odds of winning the state championship title. 

 

The State Track and Field meet will begin on June 3rd at UW-LaCrosse. The State meet is a two-day event ending on June 4th, which is the day of graduation. 

 

The Arrowhead track team had a total of 53 athletes competing in the regionals meet. 

 

The Arrowhead Boys team took home the 1st place plaque at this year’s regional meet, with the girls taking second. 

 

The road to State has been much longer than just regionals and sectionals. Athletes have been preparing since the beginning of the track season. Herriot says that as a co-captain her “goal has been to provide my team with opportunities for success. [She] organized pre and post-season workouts for all those willing.”

 

As a senior, Hansen says she tries to “be a leader for warm-ups and be a positive role model for the younger athletes.” Hansen also does her best to “provide insight and answer questions when [she] can.”