With all of the big meets coming up, things are lining up pretty well for the Holy Trinity boys and girls track teams.
“We have some really high performers, some great athletes and some hard workers,” Tigers coach Marcus Bailey said. “And we have a young team. We have a very strong component, but then we have a young component that’s learning our traditions, our ways.
“It’s kind of how we’ve built a lot of success here in track and field.”
Senior Jonathan Bailey has set personal bests in three events this season, running a school record 10.65 in the 100 meters, a school-record 21.90 in the 200 and a long jump of 6.57 meters. All three marks are among the tops in the state in Class 1A.
Sophomore Alinah Sarratt, who finished eighth in the state in the 400 last year, has switched to the 100 and 300 hurdles and her times (15.64 and 49.42) are also among the state’s best.
Junior Evelyn VanZwieten was ranked No. 1 in the state in the javelin (39.64) with teammates Mable Mutumwa and Lilly McCarthy not far behind.
Other top contenders for postseason success include Augustine Stehley in the boys 800; Skyler Jensen in the boys 1,600; Maya Collins in girls 100 and 200 and Dylan Collins in the 100 and 200.
While all of those athletes are on a mission to get to the Class 1A state meet and perform well, that’s especially true of Jonathan Bailey. Though he finished sixth in the state in the long jump last year, he failed to get out of the district meet in the sprints because he cramped up in the 100 and couldn’t finish the race.
A Type 1 diabetic, Bailey is determined to not only get to the state meet in all three events, but to also better his times and his distance.
“It’s keeping me more mentally conscious to make sure I’m doing everything in my power with hydration, taking in electrolytes, making sure my nutrition is good and making sure I properly stretch myself,” Bailey said.
“I’m just more mentally aware because, obviously, I want to do better.”
A good showing at the state meet could land Bailey the Division I scholarship he’s been seeking. His father couldn’t be prouder.
“His work ethic and his performances are a big inspiration for this team,” Marcus Bailey said. “But he’s earned it. It wasn’t given to him. He’s had to deal with more adversity than any athlete I’ve ever coached. And (I’m not saying that) just because he’s my son. That’s just a fact.
“He has to deal with more. He has to consider more things. And he never complained. He never whined. … He took his natural given talent and put it to work.”
Sarratt, meanwhile, has adjusted to her new events quite well.
“At first, I was a little nervous because, of course, there’s something in front of you when you’re running,” she said. “But I was also excited because (during) some of the weekend practices last year, I started hurdle training. So, I already had a base knowledge to it, so I was excited to compete this year.
“I actually have been ranked higher in the hurdles this year than I was in the 400 last year coming into state. It’s really exciting.”
The district meet was scheduled for April 21, while the regional and state meets take place this month.
“We’ve got a strong, hard-working group here,” Marc Bailey said. “It will be exciting to see how our kids actually perform when it matters the most.”