Indoor track team heading into season under new leadership

FELTON — Indoor track season at many schools is typically treated as a way for track and field runners to condition and get in shape for the spring track and field season. And that’s just the sort of approach new head coach Charlie Pollard will be taking this winter.

Pollard is taking over for last season’s coach Joseph Scott. After serving as an assistant coach for Scott’s team last winter, Coach Pollard knows this team pretty well already.

But it may also take some time to get to know the incoming freshmen.

“I pretty much know what a lot of these kids’ goals are,” Pollard said of the kids he coached last season. “We have a lot of new kids this year. A lot of ninth graders who have some talent. So, I’m getting to know what their goals are.”

With the new crop of runners, Pollard will be focusing his attention on conditioning his runners and pin- pointing strengths and weaknesses.

“I try to put the kids in position to be successful, which makes me feel good when they’re successful,” Pollard said.

However, with a limited coaching staff, the more experienced Spartans’ runners will likely need to step up and provide leadership for the younger roster members.

Ron Hovington is Pollard’s primary assistant coach, but his specialty is in throws, meaning he’ll be an asset in the shot put and the conditioning part of things but Pollard remains the primary technique coach.

As a result, leadership from the experienced juniors and seniors could go a long way this winter.

“I have to depend on some of these kids who I worked with last year to be able to convey the message while I work with the other kids who need personal attention,” Pollard said. “It’s worked out really well so far.”

The primary responsibility for the coaching staff will be to guide the runners in the direction that’s best for them, especially for the runners who plan to compete for events during the spring.

“Most of these kids will be running in the spring, and they have goals. They all have their own goals. I surely will guide them into the direction that’s best for them. Often kids think they belong in a certain position or in a certain race, and as coach you’ll recognize that they’d be better somewhere else,” Pollard said.

“It’s a challenge sometimes to convince them to try something new. Most kids are willing to try and they want to be successful, so they’re willing to listen. It’s more of an assessment process in the winter time.”

The boys’ and girls’ squads will start the regular season schedule Wednesday, Dec. 7 with an away meet in Worcester County.

The boys will be competing against Cape Henlopen, Smyrna and Sussex Tech.

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