While the academic year is beginning to wind down here at Baylor, the track and field team is gearing up for their final efforts at the regional and state meets. The team has had a spectacular season thus far, competing in six meets with over 60 athletes participating in various distance, sprinting, and field events.
The largest meet of the season was the Vol Classic, which took place in Knoxville on Easter weekend. Baylor boasted an impressive showing, as junior Evie Culbreath ‘23 took home second place in the 100m hurdles and won the high jump, clearing a height of 5’3. Additionally, the girls’ distance medley relay won first place, breaking the school record in the process. The 11-year-old record was crushed by a group of four fast, fearless females: Helen Webb ‘23, Mae Mae Powe ‘24, Addi Greene ’25, and Laney Fowler ‘25. Way to go girls!
Prior to their performance at the Vol Classic, the girls’ team won first place at the Chattanooga Christian School Invitational on April 9. Emily Barker ‘22 cited the victory as the highlight of her season because it was “really amazing to see all of our strengths portrayed” at the meet. In reflecting on her senior track season, Barker is thankful for the tight-knit community and being able to “watch everyone get better throughout the year,” as it is not only about winning, but also growing together as a team.
The most recent meet took place on blue enemy territory, but Baylor put on their A-game as they raced at GPS’s track. Junior Julia Kaufman ’23 leaped above the competition as she won first in the pole vault, clearing an impressive 11’ 1". The height, a new personal best, was not only a win for the team but also for her as it “opened up so many new opportunities” for her collegiate career. Kaufman is looking forward to their final meets, hoping also to grace the podium with a top three finish at state.
As the season is sprinting to a close, there are many mixed emotions of excitement and also sadness, as many seniors prepare for graduation. Seven-year student and distance runner Alex Coley ‘22 is “truly sad to leave this fantastic team” as he gets ready to continue his running career at Sewanee: The University of the South, but he is also proud of how the team has “improved incredibly” by “setting a new standard” for track and field. Most of all, Coley is thankful for the effort the team has shown not only on the track, but also through their kindness and diligence off the field. Beyond the team's many victories and records, it is the premier qualities of sportsmanship and determination which distinguish this year's track and field athletes.
You can witness the greatness of the 2022 track and field team at the state meet on May 25 in Brentwood. Come cheer on the team as they compete to bring back the state title!