Track heats up this spring


Eagle Stadium

Track season started March 1. It is a sport divided into several events — distance, sprints, throws, jumps and relays —  and that’s why many people are part of the team.

This year Nixa High School counts more than 120 students who have joined the team and 8 coaches who train them every day. One of them is Lance Brumley, track coach for 20 years.

“I love track and field and I love coaching students so I don’t really care how big the group is. Everyone is welcome,” Brumley said.  “The only requirement that really matters, is a positive attitude and not being afraid of hard work.” 

There are many successful runners in our school and NHS currently has 14 former NHS Track and Field athletes competing in college. 

Freshman Faith Chepkondol is achieving good results this season.

“I’ve been doing this sport since fifth grade and I love it so much. For me, running is an escape from my homework and it’s also a way to spend time with my friends,” Chepkondol said

Three exchange students decided to be part of the track family this year. Emma Peschiaroli, from Rome, Italy, joined the team in February and said it was a good choice.

“Track and field helped me a lot. I was new, I didn’t know anyone here and joining the team brought me a lot of friends. I met so many new people and I also found out I can overcome my limits. I’d never done track before but, so far, I really like it. My main events are long jump, triple jump and sprint and I race in the varsity competition. Triple jump in particular is my favorite,” Peschiaroli said. “The team spirit and the sense of belonging are what make the difference and I love feeling part of the team and be appreciated for my efforts.”