LANDOVER – Lake Forest student-athletes Cameron Lewis and Isaiah Morris have been busy this winter.
Both boys – Lewis a senior, Morris a junior – are members of the boys’ varsity basketball squad in addition to competing on the indoor track team.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, the indoor track team traveled to Landover, MD for the 2017 DIAA Track and Field Championships at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex.
Lewis left the complex with a championship in the shotput event, while Morris left with a DIAA championship in the high jump competition.
Morris also competes in the triple jump and long jump events as well, but didn’t participate in those two jumps the day of the DIAA championship due to Lake Forest’s rivalry basketball game against Milford the night before. Morris played the entire game, and competing in all three of those events would have been extra strenuous on the junior athlete.
Head coach Charlie Pollard, in his first full season as the head indoor track coach for Lake Forest High School, had mixed feelings on his team’s performance.
“Saturday, we had some expectations that we met and some that we didn’t meet. Overall, I think we did well though,” Pollard said.
Lake’s relay teams didn’t win any events, but the winter track season is typically used to prepare runners for the spring track and field season.
“They did well. They didn’t win anything, but again the winter track squad tends to be small. Four of our players are also basketball players – two girls and two boys. So that is their primary sport, and they only really compete with us when they are available,” Pollard said of his relay competitors.
Seniors Yasmine Rowley and Alexia Cornish are the two girls’ basketball players who have also been competing on the indoor track team this winter.
Cornish throws shotput and is a sprinter, while Rowley is strictly a sprinter for Pollard’s squad.
“Winter track, to me, is a conditioning and training program for the spring. I don’t put as much emphasis on winning in the winter, but winning is always good.”
The outdoor track and field season officially begins when the spring sports practices kick off March 1. The athletes, while technically not allowed to practice together prior to March, will be staying in shape and conditioning on their own without the coaches.
Fred Johnson, the spring track and field head coach, will get right to work with the spring team in March. Pollard, the jumping coach for the spring team, has great expectations for the incoming spring team.
“The juniors and seniors who had good seasons last year and this winter, I expect great things from them this spring. The boys are in position to win some state titles in individual events again this year, maybe even more than last year. The girls are in the same situation,” Pollard said.
“What I learned this winter is there are a lot of freshman who worked hard and got great results, for being freshman. So coming into this spring seasons they’ll have the conditioning and the experience – not a lot, but enough – to come out and contribute to the success of the team.”
Lake finished third in the state meet last year, and Pollard believes the team is currently in better position heading into the spring than they were this time last year. With returning state champions, Lake Forest has high hopes for the spring season.
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