Written by Matt Moro: email@example.com Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00
The Mineola Girls Varsity Spring Track and Field team fought for conference and county championships and coach John Fretz knew that his team was up for a challenge.
Consisting of about 20 girls, the team is put at a disadvantage because of its size.
“Being successful in league meets depends on numbers,” says Fretz. “When [scoring is] just based on sheer numbers, it can be hard to get points, especially in events we don’t even have.”
Also, having such a small team means that Coach Fretz can’t always put his best runners out in every event they could exceed in. There is a maximum of three events per meet for each team member, so talented people may not be able to participate in all the events they could excel at.
“With less people, it is also easier to get tired,” Fretz stated.
But having a small team isn’t all bad for Mineola. “It’s better to have a smaller team in some ways,” Fretz indicated. “It’s nice when all the girls know each other by name.”
This feeling is shared by Fretz’s captains, senior Cinthia Martins, junior Ingrid Lopez, and sophomore Caroline Mueller. Mueller sees it as a positive, saying that having such a small team, “brings us closer to each other.” Lopez also agrees, saying that, “it’s better that it’s a small team because we all know each other.”
Lopez is the newest captain on the team, but she says that it has been an “easy transition.” The leadership part of being a captain has come easy to her, saying that, “the team naturally follows me because we’ve known each other for a long time and we respect each other,” and that “it is good to have the responsibility.”
Mueller was a captain for the winter track season, and is only a sophomore, but also says that she has no problem being a leader on the team.
“We’re all a family so we all have respect for each other,” said Mueller.
While acknowledging that it was a little tough at first, Mueller believes that the others are used to her now as a captain. Despite their small size, the 2012 team will fight until the end of the season.
“The team is resilient,” says Fretz. “People who are successful in track are able to dedicate themselves and continue to work at things, traits that carry into the real world.”
Fretz hopes his team’s resiliency and dedication will be enough to be successful into the future.