The CJ men's and women's track teams are being recognized as the feature teams of the week before competing in their last meet of the regular season this Friday and Saturday at the Roosevelt Relays starting at 4:30p.m.
Track teams from high schools across the Miami Valley and from bordering states will descend upon Welcome Stadium this weekend for what is regarded as one of the biggest meets of the year in Ohio and senior Jasmine Williams hopes to see Eagles fans there in flocks.
“I wish more people would come out and support us,” she said frankly. “Sometimes people think that it wouldn’t be fun to just watch other people run, but it’s actually really exciting.”
Williams has been competing with the team as a sprinter since she was a sophomore during the 2008-2009 school year and has played a role in some of the program’s many recent success. In that time span, the team certainly accomplished its share of achievements to get noticed, including back-to-back GGCL Grey North titles and an OATCCC Indoor Track State Championship just to name a few.
The men's squad has also seen tremendous success of late (back-to-back GCL Championships in the ’06-’07 and ’07-’08 seasons), but neither team is content, a mentality the Eagles have adopted from head coach Jerry Puckett. According to senior Bryan Cain, each teams’ goal for every season is to give as many individuals as possible a chance to represent CJ at the state tournament in the spring.
“Our coach emphasizes doing what you need to do individually so that you can help make the team better,” he said. Cain, an experienced sprinter and hurdler, knows exactly what it takes to be successful. He has earned a varsity letter for four straight seasons and has never not been named first or second team All-GCL.
“We have such a short season that we’re just trying to stay healthy, have fun and enjoy our last few meets.”
Jasmine and Brian, along with eight fellow seniors, will try to lead the Eagles to GCL and GGCL titles at Fenwick High School on May 9 and 10.