Sprinting to Spring
Manchester's high school Spring athletes wish: Snow, snow go away
From left, Daquan Henclewood, Cabe Jeffers, and Jacob Florence, sprint during track and field practice at Manchester Memorial High School Tuesday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
On Tuesday, the temperature in Manchester was in the mid-30s, but a northerly breeze made it feel in the low 20s. But that didn't stop Lynch's runners from practicing outdoors — some of them in shorts, including senior George Shiepe."The weather is not a big deal to me," said Shiepe, an 800-meter specialist. "I'm aware of the cold temperatures. I'd rather wear loose clothing like shorts. I want to be able to breathe in my cloths."
Junior teammate Davis Clark, who specializes in the 3,200 meters, said the cold weather affects him.
"It's been a tough winter — lot of snow this year," he said. "I'm completely the opposite of George. I'm always wearing warm clothing in this type of weather."
"The longer and harder we go in the cold weather, the chance of getting a muscle pull increases," he said. "That's particularly the case for the sprinters and short-distance runners. Until we get warmer weather, right now we're not going all out. We usually hold practice for two hours, but because of the cold weather, we're practicing for about 75 minutes."
In the gymnasium, Memorial softball coach Erin Reilly had her team running in place and doing sprints across the basketball court.
"Like most schools, we're in the gym doing the best we can," said Reilly. "This is our second practice and we're evaluating our players because we make our final cuts. It's hard for everyone to do this in the gym. We can't hit pop-ups, and we have to use a softer ball for grounders. Even when we throw up little pop-ups, the lights in the ceiling are proving to be an obstacle."
"It's difficult, especially for any first-year player," said Kosic. "But you have to adapt until the weather warms up and allows you to be outdoors."
"You just have to work on your conditioning, endurance and build up your strength," said Mak. "We can still throw the ball around indoors and work on our fundamentals."
"It's tough being indoors," said Beeson. "You can't hit or take regular infield like you can outdoors."
Piscataquog Field is still closed to the public because of snow and many puddles surrounding the soccer and baseball fields.
On Tuesday, Manchester West track and field coach Leo Ducharme said his team was able to run two miles around the Millyard.
"It was good to be outdoors," she said. "Indoors in March, after awhile, you really tend to get bored because you really want to be outdoors."
"We're resilient," he said. "In years past we've scheduled doubleheaders just to get our 16 regular season games played and if we have to, we'll do it again this year. It's a way of life around here and we're use to it."