By Robert Harris
Walled Lake Central’s men are starting to grab new running shoes in preparation for the new Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) indoor track season. It begins in November and the first track meet usually takes place the week before Christmas.
WLC has quite a few athletes returning for the 2014 Indoor/Outdoor season. After losing All-American thrower Cullen Prena, the Vikings still have high hopes for success this year.
“It’s my senior year and I am very excited,” said Ron Penny. “I love running with my friends and all of the competition.” Penny runs the 800 and the 400 and contributes to the 4×800 and 4×400 relays.
Last outdoor season, the Vikings were short and young in the sprint events and very strong in the throws. This year is more balanced and WLC has a lot to accomplish. After winning the conference championship and the regional championship, they have a big target on their back.
“It feels good knowing you have a target on your back,” said junior hurdler Nick Krumm. “We just have to make sure to perform well during indoor practice season then go from there.”
Indoor track is extremely competitive and puts Central’s athletes against athletes from all around Michigan. The meets usually take place at well-known universities such as U of M, MSU, and Eastern Michigan.
The first indoor track information meeting will be held in December in Coach Stojk’s classroom the first week of December. There the schedule will be released and the plan for weight room/practice.