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Outdoor track welcomes large numbers to tryouts


Halifax County High School outdoor boy’s and girl’s track team tryouts had a large number of athletes coming out, and that means coaches Mary Douglas and Robert Thaxton have some work to do to determine final rosters.

That process is ongoing this week, according to Douglas.


“We have a lot of kids out, about 65 total, but we have not made a cut,” Douglas said Friday.

“We still have kids coming, and we try to take anybody that comes because we feel keeping them involved in something keeps them out of trouble.”

Douglas anticipated making an initial cut Monday.

“We will be making a cut on Monday, but practices are going well and the kids are working hard,” she said.

“A lot of them have not competed in track before, so they’re trying to find their niche in different events.

“In track you have 16 events, so we’re focusing on finding the right ones for them to be successful in.”

A number of athletes from other sports are trying out for a spot on the roster, and most are already in condition, according to Douglas.

“We have quite a few athletes from the indoor track team here with us, some basketball players, football players, and a couple of wrestlers,” said Douglas, adding some familiar faces from last year’s outdoor squads are on hand as well.

The wet weather during tryouts has hampered outdoor activities, but the athletes and coaches are coping, she noted.

“We’re doing okay.  We do plyometrics, weight-lifting and skill-specific type things where they work on technique, and we have a few that are injured, so we are doing some pool workouts.

“We have some who are very, very dedicated and committed to what they’re doing.

“They’re making a lot of progress.”