With its track under construction, Roseville High’s track and field team has had to find other ways to practice.

With its track under construction, Roseville High’s track and field team has had to find other ways to practice.

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Roseville track and field finding ways to succeed

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 21, 2019

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ROSEVILLE –– If you’re able to watch a Roseville High track practice, you’ll see athletes climbing stairs, working on handoffs in the parking lot and even doing laps in the pool. 

The one thing you won’t see is a workout on a track. It’s not that the coaching staff wants to be extra creative. The school simply does not have a track to use. 

The football field and track have been under construction for the entire season, which has forced the team to do the best with what it has. 

On occasion, a couple of schools in the area have allowed the Panthers to practice on their track. But with varying schedules, Roseville has done a lot of work in the gym and other spots around the school. 

“Sometimes you have just open gym to get that energy going, suicides (sprints), things like that,” boys coach Thomas Snowden said. “It’s been very creative, very challenging, very different, but I’m better going forward.” 

Adding on, Snowden and girls coach Kristin Potts are in their first year with the program. Even with being first-year coaches and not having a track, no excuses have been made. 

Instead, both have found this season to be a learning experience and are looking to use this year to become better coaches.

“We’re kind of just pushing through everything that we can and just mixing our practices up to keep everything interesting, trying to still motivate the kids,” Potts said. 

For the coaching staff, having great veteran leadership has made the job much easier. The seniors have kept everyone motivated through the adversity. 

Whether it be leading stretches, communicating with teammates or cheering during meets, the Panthers’ seniors have been doing whatever it takes to make the season a success. 

“We understand that this is our last year, and that after this, we aren’t there to help them out, so we have to leave a foundation for the underclassmen to have a figure to look up to,” senior Makayla Sumrall said. 

Even with all the adversity the Panthers have faced, they were optimistic heading into regional action, which took place after press time. 

The coaching staff was hoping to get a good chunk of athletes to the state meet, which will take place June 1 at East Kentwood. 

Seniors Dylan Johnson, Sumrall, Leah Cole and Eunique Robinson and sophomore Jalenn Lindsay made it to states last season.

“It’s a very different atmosphere compared to a normal dual meet, where it’s kind of laid back,” Cole said. “That type of pressure is like a driving factor to get better.” 

Call Sports Writer Zachary Manning at (586) 279-1107. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.

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